BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) – A national park in northeast Ohio will use sharpshooting to help reduce its deer population.
The National Park Service announced Wednesday its approval of the population management plan at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Under the plan, sharpshooters will be used early on to quickly reduce deer densities.
The Plain Dealer reports about 1,700 deer populate the 33,000-acre park near Brecksville. Officials say the park has about 41 deer per square mile, while the optimal number is 20 per square mile.
The park says sharpshooting likely won’t begin until later this year.
Park officials say a contraceptive program may be used to maintain the deer population once it’s reduced.
The Park Service estimates the proposed methods should allow the park to manage its deer population for the next 15 years.
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