Park Service to Resume Deer Shooting to Control Population

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service says the white-tailed deer management program at Rock Creek Park will resume with shooters reducing the herd.

The program resumes Tuesday and will result in temporary night-time road closures, the agency said in a news release.

Biologists who are also firearms experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be working under the direction of the Park Service and the U.S. Park Police.

Since 2013, the National Park Service has reduced the park's deer population from nearly 80 per square mile to about 19 per square mile. Without continued management, the Park Service says, deer populations would quickly rebound and eat nearly all vegetation seedlings before they could grow.

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