I just got done reading the article on F&G's website concerning Blacktails in the Anchorage area. It stated that there have been several reports of deer in the area both bucks and does and that if these reports are true then there is a breeding population of deer in the Anchorage area.
I have always wondered why Fish & Game has not tried to establish a population of deer in the Anchorage area. I always figured there was a good reason just didn't know why. Well curiosty is finally getting the best of me and I have to ask. If there is already a breeding population of deer in the Anchorage area, albeit a weak one, why shouldn't F & G try augment it in order to establish a population stable and healthy enough that could be harvested by hunters? It seems like it would create a lot more opportunities for hunters and take some pressure off of the moose population.
I am sure there are some biological and ecological aspects that are unkown to me that would greatly inhibit deer in southcentral AK, but if the deer have made it here themselves why not embrace it? Is the habitat of southcentral not suitable to a population of Blacktails? Would a population of Blacktails conflict with the moose population? Would predation just be too much to overcome and make efforts to establish a healthy population futile.
Anyways please dicuss/debate maybe I can learn something.
Here a link to the article: http://www.wildlifenews.alaska.gov/i...rticles_id=190