Sharpshooters kill 350 deer in Ohio national park’s first cull

Deer file photo. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

BRECKSVILLE, OH (AP) — Sharpshooters in a northeast Ohio national park have killed 350 white-tailed deer in what officials are calling a successful first deer cull.

Officials said Thursday the deer reduction occurred on 16 nights from January 11 to March 7 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

A 2013 estimate indicated that the 33,000-acre park near Brecksville had about 1,700 deer. Prior to the cull, there was about 40 deer per square mile. Officials say they hope to cut that number in half.

The reduction plan calls for shooting an additional 350 deer annually for the next three winters and 175 deer in the fifth year.

Park officials say a contraceptive program may be used to maintain the deer population once it’s reduced.

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