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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1972) 17(1): 37–42
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Red deer in the northern South Island region: their early impact

C.M.H. Clarke

The impact of red deer on farm, forest and high country during the period 1870-1940 in the Nelson region is outlined. Very high numbers of deer built up and caused extensive damage to crops, plantations and pasture. Some examples of damage to indigenous vegetation are recorded. Initially the most palatable species were taken, but later marked changes became evident in the general composition and structure of many vegetation types.
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