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Sharpshooters Continue Deer Hunt In Rock Creek Park

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Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fan out across Rock Creek Park today for the second day of a managed deer hunt.

The trained marksmen will work mostly at night, setting up bait stations to attract the deer, and shooting and killing them in an effort to reduce the density of the herd. The goal of the controversial program is to cull the herd from its current level of 70 deer per square mile to about 15 or 20 per square mile in three years.

Last night, opponents of the managed hunt gathered in and around the park to protest what they say is an unnecessary effort that was supposed to happen only during winter months.

A lawsuit to stop the hunt was thrown out by a federal judge earlier this year. Temporary road closures on Beach Drive north of Broad Branch Road will be in effect when the hunt resumes tonight, between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m Friday.

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