Officials at Valley Forge National Historical Park say deer will be shot there starting next month, ending a yearlong delay and commencing a controversial plan to dramatically thin the herd.
An animal rights group is contemplating protests and legal action.
The 5.3 square mile Park's deer reduction goal is quite large; the four year plan calls for reducing deer numbers from 1277 to 165-185.
Park Superintendent Michael Caldwell said Monday that the deer-driven degradation at the park made it imperative to proceed.
"We believe the best course is to go forward at this point," he said. "We'll await the legal process as it unfolds."
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer