Mule Deer Are Down
Mule deer populations have dropped drastically from the banner years of the 1950s and '60s. Everything has been blamed, especially winter range habitat loss, which is certainly true. But take a look at the predator scenario then and now. Forty years ago, coyotes were trapped, poisoned and bountied. Now, fewer people trap or call coyotes because fur prices are down. The result-a booming population of coyotes, not only in the West, but in virtually every one of the Lower 48 states. Mountain lions were varmints with no seasons or bag limits. I also well remember those days when we treed and collected bounties from several lions every winter.