Thursday, June 16, 2011

Of Bambi and Forest Conservation

This article was super interesting on the impact of deer on forests. Apparently, deer gobble up all the new vegetation and don't allow anything else to regrow. This is a problem because in the future when the trees fall, the deer will eat anything before it can grow into an adult tree. Kind of changes the movie Bambi a bit, huh?

Growing Deer Population Hurts Survival Of Forests

 The white-tailed deer was a rare creature across the East Coast 100 years ago. Now it is widely overpopulated, but what does that mean for forests? A decades-long experiment has found unsettling implications for bio-diversity and the long-term survival of forests.

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