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“Deer Reduction Operations” to Resume in Rock Creek Park

by Prince Of Petworth January 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm 14 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

Fox5 reports:

“The window allows them [sharpshooters] to do it any night between January 2, 2014 and March 31, 2014 between 9:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. Roads will be closed when any sharpshooting is underway. Any deer killed will go to homeless shelters and places to feed the needy. The target is to kill 106 deer during the three-month window, but getting the population down to the goal of 15 to 20 per square mile will take several years.”

In March 2013 “Deer Reduction Operations” also took effect in Rock Creek Park.

Ed. Note: Earlier this week we learned of a $1000 reward offered for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a deer with an arrow in SW.

  • Anonymous

    The sad truth is that deer overpopulation is inherently damaging and must be controlled. They eat up tree sapplings and thus affect our forest ecosystem. In addition, over population can introduce more deer ticks to the environment, which can carry Lyme Disease and transmit it to humans. Last, overpopulation is not good for the deer themselves. Please see this article on Chronic Wasting Disease:
    Sure it is sad to shoot deer, but the population must be controlled on way or another.

  • Marcus Aurelius

    Is that picture going to be distributed to the sharpshooters for motivation? Because that deer is just taunting them!

    • jim_ed

      I normally hate victim blaming, but yeah, that deer is practically begging to be shot.

  • Anon

    Meh, I am not sad about it. Presumably these guys are going to do a good job, and will make it quick a painless.

    Sad is a deer suffering by the side of the road, with broken legs and massive internal injuries, and the family of four with the crying kid whos dad just hit Bambi.

    Sad is also the hapless hunter who shoots a deer in the butt, and the deer wanders around the forest in pain for the next three days before bleeding out.

    Humane culling of deer population is not sad, it is necessary, and results in food for needy people, as opposed to busted up cars, and suffering deer.

    • Anonymous

      Not to mention, venison is really delicious!

  • cheetahs

    Sure, you people will feed the meat to the homeless humans but you take it away from us.

  • Anonymous

    it’s time to reintroduce wolves to DC

    • nettie


    • Anonymous


  • DC Dawg

    Just let the cheetahs loose from the National Zoo.

  • John

    Why give the meat to the homeless but not sell it and donate the money? Much more efficient as I assume the homeless do not have a preference for locally shot deer and there a foodies that would pay a good price. Soviet style planning …

    • Anonymous

      Why? Most likely because the NPS isn’t a seasoned restaurateur with readily established networks that allow them to charge top dollar for the meat.

    • Anonymous

      the meat lobby wouldnt allow it.

  • brookland_rez

    About time. The deer population is out of control.


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