Rock Creek Park officials are working to reduce the white-tailed deer population.
The U.S. Park Service has approved a plan to cull the growing number of
deer in Rock Creek Park. Officials are hoping this will cut down on
collisions between deer and cars, as well as curb the destruction of
plants as the deer forage.
Once upon a time, you could take a stroll or a drive through Rock Creek Park and never see a single white-tailed deer. That was back in the 1960s, when there were only four of them. Over the years, the birds, the bees and the deer have been busy. Park officials speculate that there could be as many as 320 deer in the park, which is just 4 square miles.
Park officials will continue monitoring the deer population and using fences to protect plants. However, their plans also call for the use sharpshooters and a capture and euthanize program. Sharpshooting will be done mostly at night during the fall and winter seasons. Officials also plan to use sterilization and other birth control methods on the deer.