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.
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.