April 5, 2013

The National Park Service’s first managed hunt inside the District was a good start [“20 deer killed in Rock Creek Park,” Metro, April 2] even though the endeavor fell short of its goal by 40 to 50 whitetails. On Nov. 15, 1992, in a commentary published by The Post, I proposed a carefully managed two-day bow hunt in Rock Creek Park and along the C&O Canal to keep deer proliferation under control. (For such a loony idea, I was nominated for nitwit of the week on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show.)

Has the forested bank on Washington’s side of the Potomac, which is full of deer and nearly intersects with Rock Creek Park, been forgotten? Do officials think the ungulates crowded along the river will stay put? These whitetails will no doubt find their way into the park. If the deer are not thinned along the river, the effort in Rock Creek Park will be for naught.

Sean Kelly, Bethesda

It was a lovely early-spring night. The push of cold Canadian March air stubbornly persisted, though. Walkers and joggers needed added covering for comfort. Toss on the knit hat; don’t forget the gloves. A full moon on Wednesday heralded the holiday season. Children were on their long-sought spring breaks. Shopping for the unleavened bread and Easter chocolates made for family quality time.

Yet, as all these shared human stories were unfolding, another activity was taking place. With a green light from the court, guns were gripped, shouldered and aimed. Gleaming ammunition, of the approved type, of course, was inserted into clips and firing chambers. Boots tramped through one of the largest urban green spaces in our region. Targets were acquired, triggers squeezed. Pointed bullets roared out of rifle muzzles at thousands of feet per second. The deer didn’t fight back. They are caught in the headlights of society.

John W. Behle and Vera O. Herath, Arnold

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