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Since 2010, More Than 1,000 Deer Killed In Valley Forge Park

Herd-thinning measures were put into place to manage the deer population.

A deer in Valley Forge Park. (Patch file photo)
A deer in Valley Forge Park. (Patch file photo)
Valley Forge National Historic Park used to be the place where the deer (and the deer and still more deer) roamed. But a drive through the park today shows that there are far fewer deer than there used to be.

That's because selective herd thinning, in place since 2010, has culled the herd from 1,277 to an estimated 260, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Deer are lured to a specific spot and shot. But the deer don't go to waste: Since the program's inception, more than 20 tons of venison have been delivered to area food banks, the Inquirer said.

The thinning of the herd was necessitated not only by the danger of deer on the roads, but by the damage the deer were doing to area vegetation, a park official told the Inquirer.

The smaller herd is safer for area drivers, and has led to healthier plants and healthier deer, Deirdre Gibson, chief of resources for the park, told the Inquirer. The park may look into contraception for the deer if that becomes an option someday, she said.

The deer are shot at night after the park closes.

Do you support the herd thinning in Valley Forge?
Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( June 10, 2014 at 08:53 AM
I have a hard time understanding people complaining about this, particularly since this program is to 'maintain' a certain herd size. I guess vegetarians wouldn't like this program, otherwise those against must have never lived on a farm where pigs, chickens and cattle are raised for slaughter....and where rabbits, quail, wild turkeys and ducks are hunted and fish are caught all for the dinner table. Do you buy meat at the store?? It was raised to be killed. Be thankful.
harryfinster June 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM
pennsylvainia the nazi deer state
Richard R Hammond June 10, 2014 at 01:33 PM
I think this culling is a very good idea. A couple of years ago, my wife's car struck a deer and she could have been badly hurt. The deer are a road hazard and carry ticks.
E June 11, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Using birth control for the deer would involve using a chemical that they would ingest via dart or whatever. Then that deer could actually be consumed by humans during deer hunting season and affecting those humans' overall health. Is that what you boneheads want? You want a child to get sick or develop some disease or disorder from ingesting venison that had a birth control chemical injected? Bunch of tree huggers!
Renee June 11, 2014 at 04:02 PM
You want lead in your meat? How about the stress hormones the animal releases the moment it's been hit -? They're lives have value to them as ours do to us. I don't hear any exclusions being made in "Thou Shall Not Kill". Let them live out their lives in peace.

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