I did a bit of research to try to find out what the PGC's position on predators effect on the deer population is, and amazingly enough, I found it. If you go to the following page and then scroll down to the section on deer biology you will find it.
Here is a small portion of the beginning of that paper quoted:
Predation and Pennsylvania’s Deer Population
Predators kill white-tailed deer. Field studies from across the United States, including Pennsylvania, show that predators – notably coyotes, bears, and bobcats – prey on white-tailed deer. Predation is a natural form of mortality for white-tailed deer.
Recent field studies from southeastern United States have prompted some to suggest antlerless license allocations in Pennsylvania be reduced to compensate for predation losses. These studies indicated predators had substantial impact on deer populations on study areas in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Because of these studies, questions about the role of predators in deer management in Pennsylvania are being asked: are predators reducing Pennsylvania’s deer populations? Should antlerless allocations be cut?
Field studies in Pennsylvania confirm that predators prey on white-tailed deer; especially young fawns. Based on available data, including field studies from Pennsylvania, no evidence supports reducing antlerless allocations to compensate for predation on deer.
Predators impact young fawns most
Predators kill most deer during their first summer (birth to approximately 12 weeks of age). We reported this in our own study during the summers of 2000 and 2001 when we radio-tagged over 200 fawns and monitored them closely to measure cause-specific mortality. Of the fawns killed by predators in our study, 84 percent were killed prior to 9 weeks of age. Coyotes and bears killed similar numbers of fawns. In the South Carolina study, 100 percent of fawns killed by predators were killed within 9 weeks of birth. Despite predation and other mortality causes, 57 to 72 percent of fawns were still alive in Pennsylvania at 9 weeks of age.
Predators have less effect on older deer. In Pennsylvania, the Game Commission has monitored over 1,500 radio-collared deer aged 6 months and older. Based on hundreds of recorded mortalities of radio-collared older deer, less than 1 percent was caused by predators. Outside of hunting seasons, deer older than 6 months have survival rates of 80 to 90 percent in Pennsylvania.
I hope this helps in your continuing quest for the truth.
I'm thinking that just the disturbance of putting a trail cam up at a den would be enough to move the pups.
There are so many variations of the trail cam/fawns dragged into the den story, that all of them are suspect.
Irrelevant if you believe me or not. I've got a good relation with my brother, "I" know he isn't lying, he isn't on the net and it was from last spring. I have no interest in pursuing it, take it or leave it, unimportant to me. I'm a coyote trapper as you can see from my avatar and I can assure you it is possible to place a manmade object, visit it every single day, and still have a coyote return, sometimes even after losing its mate there.
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