I certainly can't add anything directly to this subject because of where I presently live but I think I know where all the deer have gone...to the foothills just west of the Stanford University campus.
Yesterday a friend and I went for a noon hour hike in the hills just west of the campus, an area park called Windy Hill, and saw 3 deer, one fox, and paw marks from at least one mountain lion (haven't seen one of these bad boys yet but the area is posted to be warned of their presence). We see deer almost every time we hike...this is a first for the fox and he was a scraggly looking guy for sure. Granted, this land is part of what's called the Peninsula Open Space Reserve http://www.openspacetrust.org/
, making it basically untouched land for hiking and such, but it is neat to have something like this so close to such a populated area.
As a kid growing up in Tomahawk there were always deer around, or at least tracks, most anywhere we went in the woods surrounding town.
I don't know who to 'blame' for the deer/wolf/fish problems that I read about on the Board but I pray that an intelligent solution is found.