The National Park Service is giving its approval to a plan that would have government sharpshooters kill more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years.
National Park Service sharpshooters are taking aim at white-tailed deer in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.
Saying the large numbers of white-tailed deer in three national battlefields are having adverse effects on orchards, crops and other wildlife, the National Park Service on Monday released its proposal to reduce the deer population by using sharpshooters.
The white-tailed deer in Rock Creek Park are safe from sharpshooters, at least for now.
Natural resources officials say the first case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a Maryland white-tailed deer.