WAMU 88.5 : News

Fairfax County Calls On SWAT Team To Thin Deer Population

Play associated audio
Rockville is looking for input from residents on how to address the city's swelling deer population.
Bill Swindaman (http://www.flickr.com/photos/palmtree/3727177287/)
Rockville is looking for input from residents on how to address the city's swelling deer population.

They may look like Bambi, but deer in urban areas destroy natural habitat, and make roads hazardous.

Fairfax county is serious about culling their swelling deer herds. They're sending out the SWAT team.

Plentiful food and a shortage of predators have allowed local deer populations to explode. At Bull Run Park in Centreville alone, there are more than 400 per square mile.

Fairfax County wildlife officer Vicky Monroe says many of them live close to the county's one million plus people.

"Most of the parks are either stream valleys that serve as wildlife cooridors, and if it's a stream valley that means there are houses butting right up into the valley," said Monroe.

In less populated areas, Fairfax county officials will allow hunters with bows and arrows, and muzzle-loading rifles to harvest the deer.

But for areas around people, officials will call out the professionals and they'll be armed with high-tech weapons.

"I'm talking highly trained highly qualified officers" At night, we use thermal imagers, we use night scopes. I have all of the equipment in my inventory.

The hunt begins next month.


From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

Reviving Payoff For Prediction – Of Terrorism Risk

Could an electronic market where people bet on the likelihood of attacks deter terrorism? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about the potential for a terror prediction market.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.