Cumberland Times-News

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November 23, 2013

Sharpshooters kill deer in park for fifth year

THURMONT, Md.

(AP) — National Park

Service sharpshooters

are taking aim at whitetailed

deer in Catoctin

Mountain Park near

Thurmont.

The hunt began Monday

and marks the fifth

round of a herd-reduction

program that park

managers say has eliminated

812 deer since

2010.

The program is

intended to reduce tree

damage from a deer

herd that the park service

says is too big.

Conventional hunting

is prohibited in the

park, so federal sharpshooters

do the work.

Park managers say

they donated about

3,600 pounds of venison

to food banks last year.

The program calls for

more than 2,000 deer to

be killed over a 15-year

period.

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