Scientists present theories for deer decline at Prince of Wales Island deer summit

By Raegan Miller
KRBD Ketchikan Radio
November 2, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Prince of Wales Island … populations of Sitka black-tail deer have slumped. A three-day summit held in Craig last month prompted lengthy discussions about the problem. …The 2022 Unit II Deer Summit was a three-day event with representatives from wildlife agencies and conservation groups, as well as interested locals. …When loggers cut down a section of old growth Sitka spruce, hemlock and cedar in the Tongass National Forest, there’s no need to replant — trees grow back on their own. And while that sounds like a good thing, it can wreak havoc on the food web. …The meeting wasn’t meant to end with a plan to fix the problem. Organizers pitched it as a place to voice concerns and opinions and learn more about the issue. Some attendees suggested cutting back on old growth logging. Others suggested thinning out predators and cutting deer bag limits. 

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