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Deer: Adaptable survivors

June 12, 2010
By Garry Brandenburg

WHITETAIL DEER (Odocoileus virginianus) are survivors. Not so in the late 1880s, one hundred thirty years ago. The landscape of Iowa was changing rapidly with the onset of homesteaders. Land uses for farming altered the habitat in a major way. Deer can adapt to lots of habitats, however in the 1880s, there were other factors impacting deer, namely uncontrolled exploitation for food and hides. Deer were rare and to even see one was a milestone moment. In 1898, the deer season in Iowa was closed.



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