State's deer population appears to be plummeting August 23, 2010 California




State's deer population appears to be plummeting,  Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer, Monday, August 23, 2010

...The California deer population has plummeted over the past two decades - by 46 percent - if the yearly count of bucks killed by hunters is a proper measure...

"The deer population harvest has been steadily declining," said David Casady, an associate wildlife biologist for the Department of Fish and Game. "One of the things we're studying is whether the population has decreased or just the harvest. Most likely it's the population that has decreased and the harvest is just tracking that."...

Heiko Wittmer, a UC Davis adjunct professor ... said he and several doctoral students began capturing deer last year and equipping them with collars and tags with radio and global positioning satellite technology...

Hunting groups have claimed there are too many predators because of harvest restrictions and the elimination, albeit a long time ago, of bounties on mountain lions and coyotes....


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