Cull Program Kills 600 Deer At Valley Forge Park

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say sharpshooters have killed 600 deer at Valley Forge National Historical Park, or nearly half of the park’s estimated deer population.


National Park Service officials say the first year of the four-year culling program has sent more than nine tons of meat to food banks.


Officials hope to reduce the white-tail deer population from an estimated 1,277 before the operation began in November to less than
200. They say the herd is devouring the native forest and crowding out other species.


Animal rights groups say officials have failed to consider other options. Attorney Lee Hall of Friends of Animals told The Philadelphia Inquirer that hearings before a federal appeals court are expected in late May or June. Lee also says she believes the deer population estimates may be inflated.

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  1. Terry says:

    You ever notice how no one complains abhout the over population of people. Too many deer, shoot them. Too many wolves, shoot them too,. Humans can just keep breeding and taking up space. People who can’t afford children suck up goverment and tax payer money and just keep having children. Life is not without a sense of irony.

  2. odie1010 says:

    Keep up the culls! This was a win-win. The population of deer in the park was cut in half AND 18,000 pounds of food was sent to local food banks. Fantastic!

  3. smuker says:

    eating deer meat is the same as eating horse meat. why can’t we find horse meat at the gorcery?.

    1. Guess Who says:

      Because it tastes so bad that even dogs won’t eat it, only the French?

    2. heyyou145 says:

      Because santa is the only one who is domesticating deer.

  4. hank says:

    Well done. We need more culls like this in the Philly burbs.

    1. Terry says:

      As I am sure we need more housing developments…

      1. Suzanne says:

        Can we cull the Philly ‘burbs too? Once productive farm land now grows houses…

  5. MAry says:

    IF MAN STOPS BUILDING HOMES WERE THE DEERS LIVE IT WOULDN’T BE NEWS WORTHY.THE PERCENTAGE OF DEERS BASE WITH TEH HUMAN FACTOR IN THEIR ENVIROMENT.EQUALS TO A LOT OF DEAD DEERS!!!

    1. Proud Pit Bull Mom says:

      thank you for taking the words out of my mouth Mary – we are taking away their homes acre by acre :-(

    2. Guess Who says:

      No one is building houses in the park. There are just too many damn deer there.

    3. Rusty Bucket says:

      This is false.
      The deer population has exploded because they have moved into places where people live, making it too dangerous to hunt them. Now, there are far too many unfit deer surviving and propagating, and some very serious diseases are spreading through the herds in several parts of the country.
      The most humane thing we can do is thin the herds and feed people who genuinely need the help. In addition, deer hide is great for making gloves, which many underprivileged families would appreciate, too, I’m sure.

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