Yes sir they were unhealthy . That is why we would have to cut 3"-4" of fat off their backs before butchering every year.Those years the coyotes were tearing them apart for sport and not even eating them. One lake we visit had over 40 killed alone on the ice one winter and 5 in one day of which a few bites of the stomach was taken , two not even touched and the rest left for the crows.
There was a report on that also at the time about the coyotes killing them for sport but that seems to be forgotten.
Since you love reports so much find the one where they sprayed the pole lines here for brush control to find out later what they used was poison to some animals deer included.That spray was not used on the mainland. HUMMMMMMM. Friend in johnstown who worked in the woods at the time still talks about all the deer dead he found the following spring after the spraying.
Bottom line is we can support right now double what we have maybe triple but that is not going to happen anytime soon.
I'm not going to dig up the reports... They been posted here numerous time. Deer were shown to be in VERY poor health before the crash and hunters didn't want to increase harvest because they wanted it to stay that way forever.
I was in Cape Breton at the time of the crash and I've never seen or heard of mass murders by coyotes. So my anecdotal evidence is just as relevant as yours.
I've mentioned the spraying on the site before and someone put it rest pretty quickly. I don't know what to believe there either but until can provide some solid evidence one way or the other we'll have to put a pin in it.
Read that article and consider all of the points that they mention that contributed to the boom. Small farms, small gardens, more private woodlots, etc. Now think about Cape Breton in the '80s compared to today. It's much different. It used to be you could go just about anywhere and find some nice low growth for rabbit hunting and now all of those areas as grown and I can't say I've noticed many to replace them. Most of the old abandoned farms that I hunted in the '80s are now grown over and the apple trees no longer produce. A lot has changed on the Island.
Bottom line is you guys seem to think the coyotes are responsible for all of your woes. It's short sighted and misses the bigger picture. Coyotes are certainly having an impact but they're not the only predator on the island. There are plenty of those with 2 legs. You keep mentioning the deer in your backyard... you must live in a different Glace Bay than the one I know because EVERY deer (or moose even) that I've ever heard of in Glace Bay ended up in a freezer long before it ended up in a coyote's belly.
Edit: Referring to the article you linked. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program "Maine Outdoors"
So another deer hunter screaming for a bounty. That's a shocker.