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National Park Service proposes plan to reduce deer population in Maryland

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jun 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-02 15:37:03-04

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service is proposing a plan to reduce the deer populations in several Maryland national parks.

The purpose is to develop a white-tailed deer management strategy that the Park Service says will support long-term protection, preservation and restoration of native plants and landscapes in the parks.

Deer can significantly impact forest regeneration by eating trees and planting seeds preventing them from growing, which over time can degrade the habitat they provide for other animals and plants.

The parks that would be impacted include Fort Washington, Fort Foote, Piscataway, Oxon Cove, Harmony Hall, Greenbelt, and the Baltimore-Washington and Suitland Parkways.

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