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Old 03-20-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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Study shows deer grazing costs Fox Chapel native plant life
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By Shawn Annarelli
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Study shows deer grazing costs Fox Chapel native plant life | TribLIVE
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Nancy Fales remembers when trillium flourished in Fox Chapel's forests.

The plants made it difficult for her and her friends to hike in the woods almost seven decades ago.

“People used to come from all around to see the trillium, and then all of a sudden, there were almost no trillium,” said Fales, 74, of Fox Chapel, citing overabundant deer as the reason for the change.

A study led by Susan Kalisz, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, supports Fales' view that deer have overgrazed native plants they find appetizing, which results in nonnative plants that deer won't eat taking their place...
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Embrace Hunting: Excessive Deer Populations Hurt Native Plant Biodiversity
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March 20th 2014 10:28 AM

Embrace Hunting: Excessive Deer Populations Hurt Native Plant Biodiversity
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States that have hunting industries have the best of both possible worlds; instead of having state union workers expensively managing wildlife, they get the public to do it - and pay for the privilege. That money is then used to pay for state biologists and conservation programs.

Scholars writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have realized what farmers and people in the country always knew; if you don't control the deer herd, things go out of control quickly. They only understand boom and bust so car accidents and decimated native plant biodiversity are sure to follow. Deer like trillium, for example, but an out-of-control deer population will eat it all and leave Alliaria petiolata - garlic mustard. Soon, native trillium is...
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I remember when the deer decimated the trillium at Duff Park...not too far away from Fox Chapel, if memory serves. It too was due to over grazing by the deer--who, up until that point, never seemed interested in the trillium.
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