Government sharpshooters are heading into the nighttime woods of Washington’s fabled Rock Creek Park to kill over 100 white-tail deer accused of nibbling too many tree seedlings.
As a result, the National Park Service is warning commuters, bikers and joggers to stay clear of the 4.4 square mile park chock full of deer.
“Commuters are encouraged to identify alternate routes to their destination and are reminded that closures apply to all vehicles including bikes,” said the Park Service.
The so-called “window of action for deer reduction” starts Tuesday and continues to March 31. Last year, under a similar plan, some 106 deer were killed and the meat provided to the homeless. There were 330 deer in the park before last year’s shoot, part of a three-year program.