By Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania racetrack has gotten a state permit to shoot 15 deer as part of an effort to keep the animals from jumping onto the track during thoroughbred races.

The Erie Times-News ( ) says Presque Isle Downs & Casino got the Pennsylvania Game Commission permit July 6. It expires next June 30.

The track has already moved the starting time of its racing cards from 5:25 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. to avoid racing at dusk, when experts say deer are most active. The track is also increasing a 6-foot-high perimeter fence to 10 to 12 feet.

The track canceled racing for two days last month after a deer jumped onto the track during a race June 28. Five deer also joined a race on June 22, prompting the track to cancel the rest of that night’s races.


Information from: Erie Times-News,

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