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Rock Creek Park Deer Need Your Immediate Help

February 28th, 2014 by Anja Heister

The National Park Service (NPS) is in the process of baiting and killing deer in Rock Creek Park (RCP). The agency is now asking the public for comments via an online questionnaire and at an upcoming public meeting. Please speak out against the needless and brutal deer killing in RCP, and tell the NPS “NO MORE DEER KILLING!”

Please do the following:

  1. Respond to the National Park Service’s six question questionnaire by Tuesday, March 4  (http://bit.ly/1eaCGI2). Be sure to include your contact info so that it will be considered a valid response.
  2. Attend an open house Monday, March 3 with the National Park Service managers of Rock Creek Park to discuss the future management of the Park. This is a great opportunity to voice your opposition to the killing of the deer directly to the Park Service.
    When: March 3, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    Where: St. John’s College High School in the Vaghi Dining Room, located at 2607 Military Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20015 (between Oregon Ave. and 27th streets, NW) — directly across the street from Rock Creek Park.

Please speak out for the rational, compassionate, and non-violent management of deer and other wild animals at Rock Creek Park.

Points to address:

  • Killing deer is destroying the peaceful nature of the Park.
  • The killing of the deer is the biggest threat to the intended purpose of the Park — which includes protecting the native animal life within the Park.
  • According to NPS documents, the invasion of exotic plant species is the biggest threat to the Park’s ecosystem, and not the deer who live in the Park. Ask the Park Service to address the real problem in the Park – the invasive non-native plants – and leave the deer alone.
  • The Park was created for the enjoyment of citizens, but the “Rock Creek Park experience,” is being ruined for thousands of park visitors who cannot bear the fact that animals are being gunned down en masse there.

Please let us now if you have any questions and if you can attend the March 3 meeting. For more information, please contact Anja, anja@idausa.org

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