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Wildlife will find fewer acorns, other nuts for winter foraging November 20, 2011 Ohio

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Wildlife will find fewer acorns, other nuts for winter foraging November 20, 2011 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch

... wildlife officials told me that the mast crop — acorns, hickories and other nuts — is very much down this fall. That might not sound calamitous, but if you were a deer, it would be.... The size of the mast crop has a crucial effect on the survival rate ... Every year, wildlife officials survey the mast crop in late summer. This year, they found that white-oak acorns are virtually nonexistent and red-oak acorns and hickory nuts are below-average. .. Most critters prefer white-oak acorns because they contain less tannin ...


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