NPS announced on Thursday, Jan. 2 that as part of the Rock Creek Park White-Tailed Deer Management Plan 2012 Record of Decision, marksmen will be culling the deer herd. NPS has to close some of the roads during the shooting to protect people.
For details on the plan, see http://www.nps.gov/rocr/parkmgmt/white-tailed-deer-management.htm.
“Over the past 20 years, an overabundant white-tailed deer population has negatively impacted Rock Creek Park. Their numbers have grown so large that they are eating nearly all the tree seedlings and preventing the park's forest from growing,” NPS explains in a prepared statement.
NPS says its plan calls for limiting deer population to 15-20 per square mile.
Roads may be closed between 9:30 pm and 4 am some nights, including the following: Ross Drive, Ridge Road, Glover Road, West Beach Drive, Beach Drive at Parkside Drive, Wise Road, Beach Drive, Grant Road, Joyce Road, Sherrill Drive, Bingham Drive and Morrow Drive.
For background on the plan, see story linked to below.