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Fewer deer in Palmetto State June 4, 2011 South Carolina Population The Augusta Chronicle
By Rob Pavey
Palmetto State hunters killed an estimated 222,649 whitetails in 2010 -- reflecting a 4 percent decrease from 2009. The trend has been under way for almost a decade, so the decrease wasn't unexpected, said state wildlife biologist Charles Ruth, who manages South Carolina's deer program. "The decline in 2010 is consistent with the trend in recent years reflecting about a 30 percent overall decline from the record harvest established in 2002," South Carolina's herd peaked at more than 1 million animals in the mid-1990s and today's population is estimated at 725,000. In past years, wildlife officials have blamed dwindling herd numbers on widespread changes in timber management and habitat.
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