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Park Service Ponders Rock Creek Deer Population

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The National Park Service is asking the public to sound off on a Deer Management Plan in Rock Creek Park.

The Park Service last year counted approximately 350 white-tailed deer in Rock Creek Park. That's 67 animals per-square-mile.

That's why the Park Service is soliciting public comment on four strategies to manage the deer population. The first option would continue current methods, like counting the deer and fencing off rare plants. The second would fence up to 10-percent of the Park, and utilize injected contraceptives. The third plan would reduce the population through a combination of sharpshooting and euthenasia.

Park Service naturalist Ken Ferebee says the Park Service is backing a fourth alternative: a combination of lethal and non-lethal techniques.

Rebecca Sheir reports...

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