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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Rock Creek Park officials consider lethal deer control

The National Park Service is considering sharpshooting and euthanasia to reduce Rock Creek Park’s growing deer population.
(Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)

 White-tailed deer are overgrazing on the park’s tree seedlings and native plants, keeping the forest from regenerating, the officials said. The National Park Service released the latest version of its deer control plan on Tuesday.

In addition to sharpshooting and euthanasia, birth control is an alternative Though they have yet to officially decide, park officials prefer a combination of lethal and non-lethal options instead of a single method, the report said.

The National Park Service plans to donate the resulting deer meat to local food banks. A Montgomery County deer sharpshooting program donated about 17,500 pounds of food to the Capital Area Food Bank last November.

Though the Rock Creek Park plan’s public comment period is over, you can still weigh in here: What do you think?

By Sylvia Carignan  |  12:32 PM ET, 01/11/2012

 
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