The period for public comments on this proposal is now closed. Thank you for your valuable input.
A decision regarding the proposal will be made by the Department’s Administration and staff following review of public comments and associated data.
This site has been selected because deer populations have reached levels in which deer related impacts, such as automobile accidents, damage to agricultural crops and private landscapes, damage to natural communities, and potential of communicable diseases, are in need of mitigation.
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks has conducted deer density estimates in Cabin John Regional Park during the years 2011 through 2013. It is currently estimated that 100-125 individual deer utilize this parkland area of 514 acres; a deer density of 2.5 to 3 times higher, minimum, than recommended for this location.
The Department of Parks has received requests for, and support of, deer population reduction efforts on these parklands from property owners of the affected area.
Cabin John Regional Park is among 26 other parks in the Montgomery Parks’ system selected for managed hunts during the fall 2013– 14 season. Park Closure Dates and locations for upcoming deer management operations including Lottery-based Managed Deer Hunts, Cooperative Managed Deer Hunts and Park Police-based Sharpshooting Operations vary.
The Proposed Initiative
Located in southern Montgomery County, Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda) is recreational space inviting a wide variety of active and passive recreation activities. The parkland is surrounded by residential and commercial development. The Department of Parks has received a request to implement deer population management from citizens of the affected area.
The proposal suggests implementing Park Police-based sharpshooting of deer in this park. This program utilizes highly trained and certified Law Enforcement Officers to remove deer at night, when the park is closed to the public, during the months of January and February, annually as required.
During this operation, park closure to the public will be strictly enforced from 6:00 pm until 6:00 am, Monday through Friday, January 10 through February 28. Public notice of such activities and park closure will be posted throughout the park, on our website, and Park Police patrol will be provided to keep citizens informed. Deer removal will occur at pre-selected sites selected to ensure public safety and safe weapons discharge. All deer harvested through this effort will be processed and donated to charity for use at local soup kitchens.
We want your feedback
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks encourages public comment on the proposed new initiative. NOTE: Public comments will be accepted until 3:00pm on Friday, October 25, 2013. A decision regarding the proposal will be made by the Department’s Administration and staff following review of public comment and associated data. All public comment, including e-mail, must include Full Name and Home Address to be given consideration in the decision making process. You may provide comments in two ways:
- U.S. Mail
M-NCPPC, Deer Management Initiatives
12535 Milestone Manor Lane
Germantown, Maryland 20876
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A summary of all public comments for this initiative is available for review. Personal information such as names and addresses is not included in the comments summary.
As they become available, press releases, news articles and items of interest will be listed here and the Parks Media Center.
- MEDIA ADVISORY: Thursday, September 26th, 2013 - Montgomery Parks Announces Seasonal Park Closures for Annual Deer Management Operations
- ONLINE ARTICLE: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - Deer management begins in county parks
- ONLINE ARTICLE: Monday, October 14, 2013 - The Takoma Park Patch has an article about driver safety tips related to deer mating season.
- ONLINE ARTICLE: Monday, November 4, 2013 - WJLA, Managed deer hunts spark controversy in D.C. area
- Bill Hamilton, Principal Natural Resource Specialist
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