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Is Bambi Bad for the Forest?

Bambi and his fellow deer may be to blame for the invasive garlic mustard plants taking over America's forests. Garlic mustard was brought to the United States in the 1860s as an herb, but it has since invaded forests and reduced the number of plant species that live in the environment. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists point the finger at the overpopulation of deer and how they do not eat garlic mustard, but eat many of the native plants. They found that if deer were to stop eating the native species, allowing them to thrive, the plants would be able to successfully compete against and repel the invaders.

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