December 17, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD —Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announced the expansion of its deer management operations to include Cabin John Regional Park. The park located in Potomac has been selected to address damage caused by an increasing population of deer, including deer-related automobile accidents, damage to natural resources, and increased potential of communicable diseases such as Lyme disease. Recent estimates indicate deer population in this park is nearly four times the recommended density for an area this size. The decision to add this park to the deer management operations was made after review of citizen complaints and input, and with strong support from the community.
Highly trained and certified Park Police Sharpshooters will lethally remove deer from the park, under very stringent guidelines and in the most humane way possible. The deer management operation will take place when the park is closed* to the public, from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m., from January 10 – February 28 2014, and recur annually as necessary. Information about the hunts will be posted on signs throughout the park, on the Montgomery Parks’ website homepage and communicated via Park Police patrols. All deer harvested through the effort will be donated for consumption at local soup kitchens.
Cabin John Regional Park is among 29 other parks in the Montgomery Parks’ system selected for managed hunts during the fall 2013 – winter 2014 season. Dates and locations for upcoming deer management operations including Lottery-based Managed Deer Hunts, Cooperative Managed Deer Hunts and Park Police-based Sharpshooting Operations are listed below.
Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs
[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]
3 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
3 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)
4 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
4 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)
11 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
17 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
18 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
25 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
Park Police-based sharpshooting locations 2012-13
[Parks Closed January 10 – February 28, from 6:00PM – 6:00AM, Monday-Friday]
Tenant-based Managed Deer Hunting Program
Park is closed to public access year-round
The deer management program began in 1996 following recommendations from the Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group (DMWG), and in response to citizen concerns about the increasingly adverse impacts of the burgeoning deer population on local neighborhoods.
To learn more the department’s deer management program, visit www.ParksDeerManagement.org.
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