Drop in Virginia deer herd concern to hunters February 26, 2011


Drop in Virginia deer herd concern to hunters February 26, 2011 NECN
Poor habitat also is a factor. Deer thrive in young forests, while the national forest has primarily older, mature growth, Lafon said. Liberal bag limits on private land and farms, many of which border the national forest, may have affected the herds, too.

Other factors may be increased predation by black bear and coyotes, last winter's near-record snowfall and an inconsistent mast crop, generally nuts such as acorns and walnuts that deer feed on, according to Lafon. "There is no (large) research project to isolate all these factors"


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