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Rock Creek Park deer kill spurs protesters

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The deer kill in Rock Creek Park is going on as scheduled but animal rights advocates are protesting. On Sunday, Jan. 12, In Defense of Animals (IDA), a California-based animal rights and rescue operation, staged a rally in a clearing in the national park in Washington, DC to protest the National Park Service (NPS) campaign to reduce the burgeoning deer population in the park.

NPS is using sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on selected nights this winter to shoot the deer. For background on NPS' deer cull, see the stories linked to below.

IDA staged similar protests last year. NPS changed its tactics this year. It stopped announcing the dates of the deer kills to avoid alerting protesters.

“NPS' own date show that deer are not responsible for preventing forest regeneration, yet the agency prefers to kill native animals instead of controlling exotic plant species,” the real cause of the problem, said Anja Heister, director of IDA's Wild & Free-Habitats Campaign, in a prepared statement.

For details on IDA's campaign to save deer in Rock Creek Park, see

See the attached video to see how another community in the DC area is trying to control the deer population through an alternate method.


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