- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The state has approved another four days of deer hunting at Blue Hills State Reservation.

The controlled hunt was announced Thursday as part of a deer management plan for the 7,000-acre reservation, where officials say the deer population has exploded, threatening the long-term health of the forest and destroying habitat for birds and other animals.

Deer hunting was long outlawed on the reservation before a similar four-day hunt was approved last year, a decision that resulted in protests from animal rights activists.

That hunt resulted in 64 total deer removed from the state reservation.

This year’s hunt is scheduled to take place Nov. 29, Nov. 30, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, during the state’s normal shotgun season.

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