A reason for the decline in mule deer in Oregon?
The study that found this wasn’t looking for poaching per se. It simply emerged as a very major cause of death.
Good to get this out there before wolves are blamed. There are only about 20 wolves in Oregon so far. Already the article mentioned them.
There were 500 radio collared mule deer in the study. The study period was 5 years. The study was between Bend and south to the CA border. A total of 128 deer died during the 5 years. Poachers got 19, legal hunters got 21, cougar got 15,8 died when hit by vehicles, disease felled 5, 4 got into non-vehicle accidents (such as entanglement in fences). 51 died of unknown causes, which would have put more into each of the previous categories.