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Rock Creek Park Deer Slaughter Starts Tonight

The deer of Rock Creek Park have so far avoided a depopulation plan announced last May, thanks to a lawsuit and no thanks to the efforts of an unsanctioned hunter, but they can't live forever. The National Park Service's deer culling finally starts tonight, according to a press release from the agency.

But this is no light spring cleaning! The culling, which will go on nightly through Saturday, is part of a plan to take the deer population from 70 deer per square mile to 15 to 20 deer per square mile.

The Park Service will be closing eight roads around the park from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly through Saturday for the slaughters.

Photo by Flickr user Mr. T in D.C. used under a Creative Commons license.

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  • name

    Nice bias! "slaughter" and your bambi picture.

    Not very subtle, but I'm sure it's effective.

  • Mario

    About damn time. They're everywhere in the park and dumber than your average bumblebee. No room or use for hulking idiots...enough of those downtown.

  • Bryan

    No room or use for hulking callous idiots posting about killing innocent animals. If being stupid was punishable by death then Mario you would be in a whole lot of trouble.

  • RV

    Bye Bye, nuisance. Just a shame the meat won't be used. Mm venison stew...

  • Hillary

    Very sad day. Right before Easter, too. We're supposed to have some of the smartest people in the country here and yet they aren't smart enough to actually use the ethical means of population control that are available. It's humans who have encroached on the deer's land, not the other way around. Killing isn't the answer. It's like with the feral cats. Trap neuter and return is the answer bc otherwise if you remove them more just take their place.

  • Terry in Silver Spring

    The "Bambi photo" is actually a deer appearing to blow a raspberry at the viewer. It's funny, particularly given the context.

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  • Kay in Takoma Park

    This is crazy!! and it's a full moon and it is Holy week...So what does a woman, who is at her parents home taking care of them because her parents, are old and sick, do when she walks outside their home and finds two huge DEAD bucks in their front yard? crying..There has got to be a better way.

  • pinkhau5

    Oh no it's Holy's's a full moon...don't kill the deer! Make sure you don't eat that cow, pig, fish, or chicken either. And in defense of the City Paper with the use of the word "Slaughter"'s quite appropriate. Even more so considering the meat is being given away for consumption.

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  • DC

    You people realize that deer are not practicing Christians, right? And you do realize a shit-ton of pigs are right now being slaughtered for your Easter brunch, right? At least these deer got to see the outside of a cage once in their lives.

    The deer are invasive. They are destroying the park by eating all the low level vegetation, which in turn starves many other species. It's not like they're returning to some pre-human state of affairs. There are far more deer here than would be if we weren't creating such a favorable environment for them (lots of food, no predators).

    They need to go. The only mistake is not donating the meat to soup kitchens.

  • al in dc

    the deer population has been stagnate for ten's not growing out of control....have you been to rock creek park lately....there's plenty of trees.....the deer aren't killing the trees...the deer eat some flowers from the rich folks yards who live on the edge of the park.....big deal....this is a waste of tax payer dollars.....

  • Typical DC BS

    Guess the deer lovers don't believe in science that contradicts their animal loving ideology. Sorry, the best way to get rid of excess deer is to kill them and eat them.

  • b.a. stanton

    Nice bias? How about truth? Truth is your tax dollars that you are up in arms about are paying these shooters and police shift differentials and overtime and giving those union members a huge payday when all you can do is complain that your money is being misspent. Really? this is the best use of our tax dollars? Getting rid of beautiful creatures that inconvenience you? Nice job.

  • Typical DC BS

    Get your panties in a bunch over this nonsense? You're pathetic.

  • Typical DC BS

    The real morons are YOU. Are you really this dumb in real life?

  • Typical DC BS

    Yes, you should be skinning, gutting and cutting up that tasty meat for the poor and hungry. Thanks for being so lazy and moronic that you can't figure out what to do.

  • Typical DC BS

    How did you get to be so dumb?