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Hunting and Birth Control Proposed to Decrease Deer Population in Manassas Battlefield Park

Ideas for controlling the battlefield deer population will be heard at meeting on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Manassas Battlefield National Park Visitor Center on Sudley Road.

Deer hunting proposed in Manassas Park.
Deer hunting proposed in Manassas Park.
National Park officials are considering multiple options for controlling the seemingly, out-of-control deer population at Manassas Battlefield National Park in Prince William and Fairfax counties, including opening up hunting and getting the animals on birth control. 

Park officials estimate there are 156 deer per square mile of the eight-mile park, according to Washington Post reports

That many hungry deer are eating their way through the vegetation in the park and in nearby gardens belonging to private residents, the reports shows.  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 have ideas on how to control the deer population, including birth control, fencing and the controversial option of hunting the deer—the last option being the most feasible option to national park service authorities. 

Deer hunting, also known as deer harvesting, is employed in Washington DC and Maryland and has proven to be a good way to bring the deer population down in a relatively short time frame, authorities said. 

The agency will give residents a chance to voice their ideas and concerns about deer control from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at a meeting at the Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor Center. The center is at 6511 Sudley Rd in Manassas. 

Authorities will analyze the results they received and make a final decision next year. That decision will apply to the Manassas Battlefield park as well as other parks, according to the report. 

What do you think is the best way to control the deer population? Tell us in the comments section below. 
Karin Whitley August 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM
I like the idea of hunting the deer. That option has been used in Pittsburgh for years to control the deer population in residential areas. Bow hunting works well for those areas and almost all hunters either use or know someone that will use the meat and some of us want the hide too.
Elaine Beachy August 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I would love to see hunting allowed at Manassas Battlefield Park! The meat is especially good if you make it with garlic and onion in a crock pot, and I know men and women who love to be in the great outdoors, hunt deer, and bring home a catch for their families. I don't favor giving the deer birth control substances to eat because I think it would just put chemicals in their bodies that shouldn't be eaten by people. Let the people hunt good meat!
Dave Beachy August 28, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Bow hunting has been working well for years in Fairfax County, and using the same rules would safely reduce the deer population in the park and provide good healthy eating for hunters families. Or the meat could be donated to feed the hungry.
Ralph Wiechmann August 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Let's lower the deer population NOW, to avoid more Lyme Disease, and to protect our parks. The deer are out of control and are dangerous to our health and safety. NOW is the time for the hunt to begin, not next year.
John Brittle August 29, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I can help reduce the population by BOW hunting the Battlefield.!! They need to issue special permits to hunt it. Do it over controlled baiting areas until it reaches a level required by a study. I know my family can use the meat and the rest can be donated. The county can make money and we can fill our freezers.

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