Pa.’s Valley Forge park plans huge deer shoot

Valley Forge, Pa. (AP) – Valley Forge National Historical Park
officials plan to begin killing more than 1,000 deer at the park
over the next four years.

The park wants to reduce a deer population now estimated at
1,277 to around 175. The sharp-shooting operations could start as
early as next month.

Opponents say the park is ignoring more humane options, like
contraception.

Officials at Valley Forge, site of the Continental Army’s
1777-78 encampment, say the herd is gobbling so many plants,
shrubs, and saplings that the forest cannot regenerate.

The shooting would be conducted by federal employees or
contractors firing high-powered, silencer-equipped rifles, mostly
at night. The deer will be lured to areas baited with apples and
grain.

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