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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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Deer as Both a Cause and Reflection of Ecological Change

Deer as Both a Cause and Reflection of Ecological Change

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(p.273) 19 Deer as Both a Cause and Reflection of Ecological Change
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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
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Scott Craven

Timothy Van Deelen

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.003.0019

This chapter focuses on Wisconsin's wildlife icon—the white-tailed deer. Long hunted by Native Americans, deer declined in numbers soon after European settlement in response to overhunting and habitat loss. By the early 1900s, deer were only found in the northern third of the state. State conservation programs brought this species back from extinction, making deer recovery a great conservation success. A half-century later, the pendulum has swung back. Now conservationists contend with the impacts of too many deer: vehicle collisions, crop damage, failed tree regeneration, and general declines in biodiversity. By emphasizing deer as both a cause and a reflection of environmental change, the chapter reveals some key links in the web of life and our relation to these.

Keywords:   Wisconsin, white-tailed deer, deer populations, conservation programs, environmental change

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