Valley Forge deer hunt set to begin next month October 7, 2010 Pennsylvania Urban

Valley Forge deer hunt set to begin next month  October 7, 2010  Pennsylvania -- 

Officials at Valley Forge National Park say a deer hunt will begin next month after a yearlong delay due, in part, to protests. ...

The idea is to eliminate 86% of the herd, from an estimated 1300 deer to fewer than 190, in about four years.

"There's no native forest regenerating in the park and the primary problem is the deer are eating every bit of vegetation in the park," said Deputy Park Superintendent Barbara Pollarine.

Animal rights activists say the shootings are unnecessary and dangerous to people living nearby.

"The mass deer kill has never proven to be effective and we would hope that, someday, they would develop some birth control methods rather than mass slaughter just for the sake of killing animals," said Carmen Ronio of the Montgomery County SPCA.

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