As the District takes steps to cull the deer herd in Rock Creek Park [“Four-night controlled deer hunt set for Rock Creek Park,” Metro, March 28], I hope officials will consider hiring a butcher or two to process the meat and donate it to local homeless shelters or food banks.

I’m not a hunter, but after living in West Virginia for many years, I’ve had my share of venison. If the butchers don’t want to take the time to carve up steaks and other cuts, the meat can always be ground and pressed into burgers. It would really seem like a waste if the culled deer were just disposed of. Many food banks and shelters have seen donations go down in these challenging economic times.

Rich Rieger, Alexandria