DEER POPULATIONS UP IN

NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
Even the most casual observer has noticed a rise in deer numbers in Wildlife Management Units 2-G and 2-H in North Central Pennsylvania.
I haven’t heard any scientific rationale for the increase in deer numbers except for some Game Commission personnel hinting that it’s probably due to the lack of deer hunters.
We did have two back-to-back years of bumper acorn production and an easy winter for wildlife.
Game Commissioner, Dave Putnam indicated that it could be because of some large timber harvests in 2-G & H producing a lot of new forest growth; food for deer.
Bear, coyote and bobcat populations haven’t changed that much to impact deer density.

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