WLOS: New program brings deer back to Cherokee land

WLOS reports there are 21 more deer roaming Cherokee land because of a new tribal program.

Wildlife officials are moving deer from the over-populated Morrow Mountain State Park and sending them to Cherokee because there are fewer deer on the reservation because of over-hunting years ago.

“The fur trade was a really big industry here, so thousands of pelts came out of the area right here,” said Caleb Hickman with the Tribe’s Fisheries and Wildlife Management The deer have spent a month in a protected habitat, and Monday tribal leaders and wildlife biologists released them into the wild.


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