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Sharpshooters to reduce deer in Rock Creek Park

Saturday - 1/4/2014, 1:56pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sharpshooters will be killing deer in Rock Creek Park during nighttime hours over the next three months as part of a plan by the National Park Service to thin the heard of deer.

Television station WTTG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1csJBKo ) officials say there are 77 currently deer per square mile in the park, about four times the number the park can sustain.

Officials want to reduce the deer population by 106 animals between now and the end of March. Sharpshooters will go out between 9:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. and roads will be closed when sharpshooting is taking place.

Last March, 20 deer were killed in the park by sharpshooters. That hunt only lasted four days, however, because opponents of the plan challenged the hunt in court, leading to delays.

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Information from: WTTG-TV, http://www.myfoxdc.com


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