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Deer Culling Programs Feed D.C.’s Homeless

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Urban deer are a growing problem in many U.S. cities, and officials have struggled with how to deal with them. Somewhat surprisingly, considering it’s a government agency, the National Park Service has come up with a plan that not only manages an extreme over-population of deer, but also helps feed the less fortunate in Washington, D.C. According to this New York Times article, sharpshooters in the city’s Rock Creek Park removed nearly 200 deer in the last two years and donated all of that prime venison to D.C. Central Kitchen, which provides meals for area shelters.

“The government sharpshooters worked so efficiently in the dead of the night in Rock Creek Park that by the end of this year’s short killing season, they had shot 106 white-tailed deer.

Make that 3,300 pounds of local venison turned into meatloaf, burgers and more for the surprised directors of homeless shelters and other charities across the capital.

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