- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 23, 2015


A moment of interest to sport shooters, and one with a productive ending: The National Park Service has donated 700 pounds of fresh venison to the DC Central Kitchen in the nation’s capital, “to be used in the thousands of healthy meals” for homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics and afterschool programs. The venison is a result of a deer-reduction operation in the city’s Rock Creek Park.

In recent years the federal parks agency has reduced the white-tailed deer population in the big park by 50 percent each year to allow for recovery of vegetation and tree seedlings. That means a reduction of 80 deer per square mile to 15 or 20. “Extensive safety measures” are in place for the project, which continues until March.

“Biologists, who are also highly trained firearms experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be working under the direction of National Park Service resource management specialists and in coordination with the U.S. Park Police and local law enforcement to conduct reduction actions at night when the park is normally closed,” the agency advises.

“We hope this will make the holidays a little brighter for those served by DC Central Kitchen,” said park superintendent Tara Morrison.

“DC Central Kitchen is grateful to receive this donation of nutritious, lean protein from the National Park Service,” noted Mike Curtin, Jr., director of the organization. “Today’s donation of venison offers some new variety to our meals, and we’re thankful to our friends at NPS for making that possible.”

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