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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:39 pm 
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What???? What's behind this study, not enough hunters' tourism dollars?

Are there too many bears and mountain lions in Colorado? Are they the reason behind mule deer decline? Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) wants to find out. As part of a three-year study, CPW will eliminate excess bears and mountain lions through strategic predator control on the Roan Plateau and monitor what happens next.

http://www.gohunt.com/read/news/colorad ... -mule-deer


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:52 am 
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This seems unscientific. I'm not a fan, but there are too few details in the source article to say much, really. The commenters on gohunt.com seem taken aback by the remedy of killing lions and bears instead of halting the fracking activities they feel are directly associated with the population decline of Colorado's deer.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:11 am 
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This is actually going on around the West. Mule deer populations are declining and Whitetails are taking over their traditional range. Maybe they don't like the increased temperatures? Maybe they don't adapt as well to the population growth? Or maybe it is the predators.

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Interesting, the mule deer in our area seem to like hanging around the houses and people population, compared to the national forest.

Removing too many predators could backfire, some areas in the east have too many nuisance deer in city areas.

And the Moose populations seem to be doing fine and growing?


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Another theory is that the brush that mule deer prefer is being replaced by standing forests.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:08 pm 
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joeschmo wrote:
Interesting, the mule deer in our area seem to like hanging around the houses and people population, compared to the national forest.

Removing too many predators could backfire, some areas in the east have too many nuisance deer in city areas.

And the Moose populations seem to be doing fine and growing?


Deer are susceptible to chronic wasting disease ad they travel in herds unlike moose? Moose weather the
winter better I think.


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