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Rearing White-Tailed Deer In Pisgah Forest

Picturing The Past  

 

Last updated 10/26/2020 at 3:55pm

Fawns eagerly gather at feeding time.

The Cherokee lived in harmony with wildlife and nature in the mountains and foothills for centuries. However, as European traders and settlers came into the area overhunting for meat, fur and hides led to a decrease in the number of game animals.

By the early 1900s the white-tail deer population had declined to the point of concern. George Vanderbilt undertook efforts to re-stock deer on his vast estate. Then, following the creation of the Pisgah National Forest, a game preserve was established leading to a rebound in the number of deer in this relatively safe environment.

During the 1930s...



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