D.C. Considers Sniping Deer

Ungulates overwhelming Rock Creek Park

White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer     Photo: Artur Pedziwilk/Flickr

Officials in Washington, D.C. are considering using snipers from the federal government to cull 80 percent of the white-tailed deer population in Rock Creek Park. Deer have caused disturbances in nearby neighborhoods and have eroded areas of the park from over grazing. Wildlife officers euthanized one animal last month after it crashed through the window of a public library. The plan calls for snipers from the United States Department of Agriculture who would operate during winter nights to avoid park visitors. The meat would then be donated to local food banks and homeless shelters. A decision on the plan, which has been under consideration since 2009, is expected as early as this week.

Read more at The Guardian

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