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Deer / Angel Island #247367

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 10, 1976
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(Studio) More than 50 years ago Army populated Angel Island, California, with deer, not foreseeing what would happen in time.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(San Francisco, California) Angel Island is mile-sq. state park in middle of San Francisco Bay; popular tourist attraction. Herd of black-tailed deer roam free; over years has grown so that island can't support it any more. Deer are starving, diseased, infected with parasites and pose health hazard. California officials have begun study on animals, trapping 6 to examine. 2 possible solutions: trap and relocate deer on mainland, or kill 200 of deer, leaving 50, the maximum island can support. Relocation feared because deer might spread disease. Public outcry 10 years ago has kept officials from killing deer since, but now no alternative seen. [State parks manager Jack HESSEMEYER - says best way with least expense to public is to kill deer.] No decision to be made until studies completed, maybe taking mos. Deer face slow starvation death.
REPORTER: Harold Dow

(Studio) Reason state doesn't feed deer is that they'd get healthy and reproduce.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

Collingwood, Charles;
Dow, Harold

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