January 30, 2023

Deer population’s changes studied by N.B., Maine researchers

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*Editor’s Comment* – I wonder if, during these costly “studies” of deer, moose, bears, elk, etc., in attempting to make a determination as to why populations of these animals have dropped, sometimes precipitously, any of these “scientists” ever sat down with a pencil and paper and made two lists?

In the following article, it reads: “the deer population has declined by 70 per cent in the past 30 years — from 270,000 in 1985 to 70,000 in 2014.” So, two lists – one list of what things were like in the field for deer in 1985; a second list of how things are today. Then a “scientist” can extract from the two lists those things that are different. Logic (yeah I know) might suggest that these differences could be the culprit. What you think? Three to four thousand dollars per collar? Hmmm

“Besides winter conditions, other factors that impact deer populations are the increased number of coyotes, herbicide spraying and hunting and forestry practices.” <<<Read More>>>

Geez! I hope their list of possibilities is bigger than this one.