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Sharpshooters Kill 192 Deer At Md. National Park

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service says sharpshooters killed 192 white-tailed deer at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont in the second year of a herd-reduction program.

Park officials said Friday that the deer density in the park is still six times higher than in a healthy forest ecosystem.

They say the program will continue annually until the deer population reaches a level that allows the forest to regenerate at a healthy rate.

The park says it donated about 4,700 pounds of venison to the Maryland Food Bank and the Thurmont Food Bank.

Park officials found no sign of chronic wasting disease in the deer carcasses. The disease is fatal to deer. It has been found in Allegany County.

Public hunting is prohibited in the park, which surrounds the Camp David presidential retreat.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. pigeon says:

    192 sounds like a big number but it isn’t in reality. Unfortunately, if people would stop building homes they don’t need and/or can’t afford there would be more room for the animals so that they don’t need to relocate and be crammed into the park area. So, there really isn’t any choice here. It is far better to take these steps then to see the animals starve to death, inner breed, or run out in the roads getting hit by cars and trucks, laying on the roadway for how long dying a painful death. At least the meat goes to a good cause.
    PS – 4,700 pounds of venison will save the lives of how many cows?

  2. Robert says:

    This was a closed hunt for park officals to benifit from, not open to the public.
    Wonder if the governor bagged a deer there?

  3. Rich says:

    wanna reduce the deer population? why not open it up. there are too many presidential retreats anyways.

  4. Michelle West says:

    There is absolutely a choice! How much were these people paid to do this?WHY do we constanlty have to just kill things? Birth control works great! They could dart the females, or put out food with birth control in it. There are other methods of controlling animal populations than just killing. They didn’t say any were starving or had any diseases. If humans would stop acting like they own the planet and taking all the resources animals need, then we would not have to see them getting hit by cars. Nobody is going to change the number of cows they slaughter today because of this – isn’t the same thing? Dead animals = cow, deer, chickens, pigs – killing is killing.

    1. Dena says:

      OMG!!! That’s all I can say

  5. George says:

    Michelle, Birth control efforts have not and do not work, and are extremely costly (sharpshooters and licensed hunters are much cheaper).

  6. jopwer says:

    Pigeon hit the nail on the head, stop all of the building! These and so may other forms of wildlife are running out of land. There would be plenty of healthy forest if home builders stopped cutting down the trees. Only positive from this is that they aren’t going to waste.

  7. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    JUST GO AND KILL THEM ALL AND NO MORE PROBLEMS. HUMANKIND’S ENCROCHMENT ON THE NATURAL HABITAT ONLY LENGTHENS THE AGONY OF GOD’S CREATURES. WHY CAN’T THEY BE MOVED TO ANOTHER STATE WHERE THERE ISN’T SO MANY PEOPLE. TO KILL THESE ANIMALS IS TO MESS WITH MOTHER NATURE. AFTER THEY ARE GONE THEY CAN SEND IN THE LAND DEVELOPERS AND GREEDY SO SO’S AND LOOK AT ALL THE NEW HOMES THEY CAN BUILD AND NOBODY TO BUT THEM. LEAVE NATURE LIKE IT IS AND GET RID OF THE DEVELOPMENT.

  8. jerry s says:

    i dnt knw about baltimore cnty but washington co says we had another record kill again …hmmmm like to knw where all of these deer are killed ..when they said somthing about opend up hunting in som park they had deer runing around w/arrows in them well i seen it on tv today 5/3 that alot of the hunters they showd had cross bows well i dnt condemn the cross bows at all i have had one but most of the ppl that have cross bows they think its a gun n most of you all will agree the worse thing they could have done was give the non disabled ppl the right to shoot heck i read in the paper once where a 15 year old boy was killed w/a cross bow by climbing in his ladder stand go fig that one out im just saying getting some one else to hunt deer and pay them for it its bull and they knw it its all coming out of you hunting license money and some out of taxes that you have paid when is it going to stop and let the hunters hunt these deer the right way

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