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Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:29 PM ET
By Robert N. Smith and Jimmy Atkinson | Quality Deer Management Association

"Man has come to the forest," declared Bambi's father as he smelled the smoke from the campfire that was to become a raging wildfire.

The vivid imagery of this Disney cartoon is the first exposure most children have to fire and wildlife. Smokey the Bear has done an excellent job of educating the public on the dangers of wildfire.

Unfortunately, the same message has usually been applied to all fires, even those that reduce the chance of wildfire and play critical roles in natural ecosystem maintenance ...

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