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Deer, dead The Rock Creek Park cull finally starts—slowly.

More than a year ago, the National Park Service decided there were too many deer in Rock Creek Park for anyone’s good—the deer, the people who use the park, the people who live near the park. So they planned a cull, which is an only slightly euphemistic way of saying they were going to go kill some deer. Lawsuits by neighbors and animal-rights advocates delayed the hunt until this March. When it finally went forward, there were grand plans: The deer population would be reduced from 70 per square mile to 15 or 20 per square mile, leaving plenty of room for the survivors to thrive. By the time the shooting was done, though, the NPS had only killed 20 deer, not the 157 they wanted to. Still, that was enough to provide 600 pounds of venison to D.C. Central Kitchen, where it became a ragu served over whole-wheat rotini and baked with mozzarella. Buon appetito!

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