In the crosshairs of 'a perfect storm' February 26, 2012 Montana

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In the crosshairs of 'a perfect storm' February 26, 2012 Montana, Helena Independent Record 

Antlered white-tailed deer harvest has been near or below a 27-year low since 2009 ... “... all reasonable inference points to total depredation,” said Jay Kolbe, the Region 2 biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks ... At the same time we had wolf recovering happening … we eliminated female mountain lion harvest, so that population grew at a relatively high density during the same period of time. On top of that, we’re seeing the southern expansion of the grizzly bear population. So in the same five to six years, all of these changes happened ...

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