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Gov't Calls in Sharpshooters to Take Out DC Deer
NPS goes hunting in Rock Creek Park
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2013 12:14 PM CDT
A pair of white-tailed deer bucks feed by waters edge at dusk, but not in DC.   (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

(Newser) – The federal government has dispatched a team of sharpshooters to assassinate a rogue menace threatening DC: Bambi. The National Park Service began a cull of white-tailed deer in Washington's Rock Creek Park Wednesday night, following delays due to a failed lawsuit by local activists seeking to avert the slaughter, reports the AP. Over about three days, the shooters plan to take the park's deer population from about 70 deer per square mile down to 20. Then it will be venison stew night at DC soup kitchens, as the NPS says it plans to donate the meat to local food banks.

The deer started showing up in the park around the 1960s, and their ranks have now swelled to almost 400, reports the New York Times. Officials say the population has become unsustainable, grazing away too much of the park's vegetation, weakening its forests, invading neighbors' yards, getting hit by cars, or worse: In 2009, a deer entered the nearby National Zoo and was attacked by lions as visitors watched in horror. But the government's "deer management plan" doesn't mean the animals are fair game for the rest of us. A local man was recently charged after allegedly hunting and killing a Rock Creek Park deer with a bow and arrow, reports the Washington City Paper.

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Mar 30, 2013 4:20 AM CDT
In Australia we have the same problem with Kangaroos and they have to be culled. With the help of this YouTube Video Australia has managed to keep Kangaroos at an acceptable level. The Bambi problem solved: Murray.
Mar 29, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Texan eat deer meat as steaks and ground deer meat to make sausage. We welcome Texas and other states to let USDA to approve the deer meats and allows the farmers and ranchers to EXPORT the frozen fresh deer meats to China, Hong Kong's 5-star ranked restaurants. The deer's Glucosamine is to produce the bone essense.
Mar 29, 2013 11:19 AM CDT
Don't send in the LA cops , They shot hundreds of rounds at two old ladies and Damn near missed completely Send in Civilian Sharpshooters! Cops are Too stupid and Lazy to be sharpshooters!! Takes time and patience, not corruption and laziness!