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Sierra Voices #5 Deer & Mountain Lion Population
September 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Title – The North Kings Deer Herd Project
Presentation Summary – Speaker Don Neal will discuss the North Kings Deer Herd Project. A ten year study to try and find out why the deer population went from 20,000 to less than 10,000 in just a few years. Was it the Mountain Lion? How about cattle grazing? This will be a discussion on what truly affects deer and their health and existence.
Speaker – Don Neal was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from High School and Junior College in San Fernando valley.
He spent three years in the Army during the Korean conflict then attended Fresno State, graduating in 1957.
While at Fresno State, he took a seasonal job with the Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station (PSW), a little known part of the Forest Service, USDA, responsible for research on Federal wildlands – National Forest, National Parks, BLM lands, Military reservations, etc.
He loved the work but needed more education to get a permanent position and be able to conduct his own research, so he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a second BS.
Next, Don went to work for the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station so he could attend the University of Nevada, where he graduated with his MS. He was then able to return to PSW and begin conducting his own research.
In 1970, he moved back to Fresno and became part of the 10 year Interagency North Kings Deer Herd Project. He taught a course at Fresno State, and presented guest lecture series at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and at the National University of Taiwan, Taipei.
During his 32 year career with PSW, he conducted research in California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, and even a special assignment in Taiwan.
After retiring, he spent several years doing consulting work on land management problems. He also spent several months consulting for the State Board of Forestry.
- 12:30 pm – Checkin/Registration
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Presentation
Admission is $5.00 per Adult, Current CSHS Members are FREE
Coffee and Snacks are provided
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