Re: Deer Can be Too Many, To Few; or Just Enough for
dce, if its been a progressive increase over time, you arent going to notice it increasing little by little, because there is little difference from one year to the next, which isnt noticeable in longer term fawn percentages within the harvest either, because each years fawns taken by predators = one less adult deer the following year. So there is not much in the way of changes percentagewise over a period of years , but there is change to overall herd size by that logic.
Even if predation were increasing, the exact level is unknown of course.
Yellodog, I dont know that anyone can prove or disprove the theory. I happen to believe it has increased somewhat. Im aware, as you probably are as well, of bear having expanding greatly from their "traditional" range in the last 20 years, and the same could be said of bobcat. I have also seen this to some extent with coyote. Having seen more in the last 5 years than I have in my first 25 years of hunting, along with all the news about them showing up in odd places they never existed previously. Not sure how the bigwoods numbers are now compared to 20 years ago, dont think there would have been as much change perhaps, since those critters were never "rare" there.
I do think that predation is more significant there now than it has been, due to greatly reduced deer numbers perhaps making predation losses more noticeable.
Just my 2 cents.