White-tailed Deer Management
Valley Forge National Historical Park Initiates the Fifth Year of White-tailed Deer Management
The current phase of the plan (sharpshooting, plus capture and euthanasia if necessary), will achieve and maintain an initial deer density goal of 31 to 35 deer per square mile, in contrast to the 2009 density of 241 deer per square mile. Subsequently, the park will maintain the park deer population level though reproductive control, once an acceptable agent becomes available.
Extensive measures to ensure a safe, humane, and successful operation include using highly qualified and experienced marksmen familiar with the park's geography and with conducting reduction activities in a highly suburbanized environment. The NPS will work with biologists from the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services. This agency has a long history of conducting safe and effective actions to reduce wildlife populations, including the reduction of deer populations at multiple locations in the Philadelphia region.
Additional safety measures include conducting population reduction actions when the park is closed, establishing safety zones, using bait to attract deer to safe removal locations, conducting shooting actions from an elevated position, and using specialized, non-lead ammunition that is safe for use in urban areas and the environment. NPS closely coordinates all activities associated with implementation of the plan with township and state law enforcement officials and with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
For additional information please contact us at Valley Forge NHP, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406 or e-mail us
Select the following links for more information:
White-tailed Deer Management Briefing Statement July 12, 2012
Frequently Asked Questions July 12, 2012
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