It's a good news-bad news situation for trigger-happy supporters of culling deer in Manassas National Battlefield Park. The good news: hunting the deer is an option. The bad news: public hunting of the deer is not.
Park staff say the deer population is already out of hand. Estimates show there are 82 deer per square mile of the eight-mile park. Officials told the Post they would feel better if that number was brought down to 20.
The deer are eating their way through the vegetation in the park and in nearby gardens belonging residents. The deer also pose a safety hazard because they carry diseases and are often hit by cars traveling on roadways through the battlefield.
Park officials will make their final decision in about a year, after they've read and considered the public's thoughts on controlling the dear population. Many got to share their opinions during an Aug. 29 meeting on the issue held at the battlefield's visitor center.