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SW Ga deer population steady

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  While the deer population is dwindling in parts of the state, that's not the case here in Southwest Georgia. About ten years ago, there were an estimated 1.3 Million deer in Georgia.

That's dropped to around 900,000. Most of the decline is centered around the Piedmont portion of the state, primarily because of a change in land owners and over harvesting of certain parcels. 

"Those changes in land ownership have meant that those hunters are being concentrated on smaller properties. When they're concentrated on smaller properties, they can definitely have an impact as far as harvesting too many deer individually," said DNR Region SupervisorJulie Robbins.

In addition to hunting pressure, the decline may also be linked to increasing predator populations. Coyotes and feral hog populations are increasing all over the state.

The black bear population is also increasing in the mountains.


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