- Associated Press - Saturday, March 4, 2017

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service is wrapping up a months-long sharpshooting program that’s been culling the deer population at Antietam National Battlefield.

Maryland wildlife regulators granted permission for the plan in January, and public affairs officer Jeremy Barnum tells The Herald-Mail (https://bit.ly/2mo8YKs ) it’s expected to come to an end soon.

The park service said white-tailed deer had become overpopulated and were damaging native vegetation. The Department of Natural Resources authorized sharpshooters from the Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services unit to kill 243 deer through March 31, mostly after dusk.

The meat collected through the program is being donated to area food banks.

The newspaper reports similar operations are also being conducted at Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick and Manassas National Battlefield in Virginia.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com

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