Valley Forge Park: 225 deer killed so far in culling operation December 8, 2011 Pennsylvania

225 deer in Valley Forge Park killed so far in culling operation  December 8, 2010  Pennsylvania  Philadelphia Inquirer  By Anthony R. Wood As part of a controversial culling operation, US Department of Agriculture sharpshooters killed 225 deer in November, Pennsylvania Game ...That's about 18 percent of the park's estimated population and about half of the goal for the winter shooting cycle.

The park service says the killings are necessary because the Valley Forge deer population has jumped eightfold - to about 1,275 - in the last 25 years.

The cull, in which deer are lured to baited areas and shot, is "reprehensible," said Lee Hall, vice president for legal affairs of Friends of Animals.

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