Hamilton County: DEC says hard winters blamed for fewer deer February 19, 2012 New York

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Hamilton County: DEC says hard winters blamed for fewer deer February 19, 2012 New York, hamiltoncountyexpress.com

... “We all know the habitat is shrinking, but we are not here to cut down the forest preserve. That’s not going to happen. We all know coyotes and cougars are a problem. We’re not going to leave this meeting and eradicate them.” ... “Back in the 1950s there were a lot of does being taken to keep carrying capacity down in relation to the severity of the winter ... In 1968-70 there were three successive hard winters in a row and the deer take crashed; at that point the state Legislature took away the Department of Environmental Conservation’s ability to harvest does in the Adirondacks.”


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