Deer-Culling Effort Approaches in Chevy Chase
Certified park police sharpshooters will begin culling the deer herd in Chevy Chase's Rock Creek Stream Valley Park starting Feb. 11.
It's official: Some of Chevy Chase's deer population will be reduced.
Starting Feb. 11, certified police sharpshooters from Montgomery Parks will cull the deer herd in Chevy Chase's Rock Creek Stream Valley Park (Unit 2)—the 277-acre part of the park between East-West Highway and the Capital Beltway.
"Highly trained and certified Park Police Sharpshooters will lethally remove deer from the park, under very stringent guidelines and in the most humane way possible," according to a statement from the park and planning commission.
Sharpshooting will take place when the park is closed to the public—from 5:30 p.m. until sunrise, through March 31, 2013, and will recur annually from Jan. 1 through the end of March as necessary, the statement added.
Montgomery Parks—part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission—proposed adding this section of the park to the county's deer management program only last fall, Patch reported.
"The decision to add this park to the deer management operations was made after review of citizen complaints and input and with strong support from the community," the statement continued. Recent estimates indicate that the park's deer population is three times what it should be.
Damage from deer in or near the park has included deer-related automobile accidents, damage to natural resources and the increased potential of communicable diseases such as Lyme disease, the commission's statement added.
Information about the hunts will be posted on signs throughout the park and on the Montgomery Parks’ website. All deer harvested from the sharpshooting will be donated to local soup kitchens.
Learn more about the deer management program at www.ParksDeerManagement.org.