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Proposed Deer Population Management Initiatives

APPROVED: Additional deer management efforts in Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park, Unit 1 and Rock Creek Stream Valley Park, Unit 2

DESCRIPTION | PREVIOUS INITIATIVES | CONTACT US

Description

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks announces the expansion of its deer management operations for winter 2016. The decision to add this park to the deer management operations was made after a review of the citizen complaints and public input recieved, and with strong support from the community. The expanded program includes the following park sites:

  • Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 1 in Darnestown, MD between Esworthy Road and Turkey Foot Road
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 in Kensington, MD between Stoneybrook Dr. and Connecticut Ave

Park Police-based Sharpshooting will take place from January 10 – February 28, 2016, from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. when the parks are closed to the public; and will recur annually as necessary. Information about the operations will be posted on signs throughout the park, on the Montgomery Parks’ website homepage and communicated via Park Police patrols. All deer harvested through the effort will be donated for consumption at local soup kitchens.

These parks, located in Silver Spring and Darnestown/Travillah, were selected to address damage caused by an increasing population of deer, including deer-related automobile accidents, damage to natural resources, and increased potential of communicable diseases. The decision to add these parks to the deer management operations was made after review of citizen complaints and input, and with strong support from the community.

The additional park sites will join 40 other parks in the Montgomery Parks’ system selected for deer population management through managed hunts and police-based sharpshooting during the fall 2015 – winter 2016 season. Park closure dates and locations for the remaining 2015 - 2016 deer population management operations including Lottery-based Managed Deer Hunting, Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting, Tenant-based Managed Deer Hunting, Archery Managed Deer Hunting (Pilot Program) and Park Police-based Sharpshooting Operations are listed here. A more detailed description of the Department of Parks' deer management goals and programming, including the Park Police-based sharpshooting program, is available at ParksDeerManagement.org.

This parkland, is inhabited by greater than an estimated 100 deer per square mile at each site (shown below).

Muddy Branch SVU 1 locator map Rock Creek SVU 2 locator map

Previous Initiatives

Below is a list the of approved Deer Population Management initiatives that have been implemented since July 1, 2004:

  • FY2016 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park, Unit 1
    - Rock Creek Stream Valley Park, Unit 2
  • FY2016 - Archery Managed Deer Hunt Program Pilot Project
    - at Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit 1 (Germantown) and
    - Watts Branch Stream Valley Park Units 1 & 2 (Potomac)
  • FY2015 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Park (Silver Spring)
    - Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5& 6 [including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park] (Silver Spring)
    - Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)
  • FY2014 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda)
  • FY2013 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit #2 (Chevy Chase)
  • FY2012 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
  • FY2011 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit #4 (Olney)
  • FY2008 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit #7 (Aspen Hill)
  • FY2006 - Park Police Sharpshooting
    - Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
  • FY2006 - Managed Shotgun Hunting
    - North Germantown Greenway/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit #2 (Gaithersburg)
    - Dry Seneca Stream Valley Park (Seneca)
  • FY2005 - Managed Shotgun Hunting
    - Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
    - Little Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit #1 [Walt Goode Flying Field] (Boyds)

Contact Us

Bill Hamilton, Principal Natural Resource Specialist
MCP-DeerManagement@mncppc-mc.org

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