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Sign petition to protect deer in Rock Creek Park

February 28th, 2013 by Anja Heister

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IDA is part of a coalition of dedicated Washington residents and attorneys fighting the National Park Service’s plan to kill deer in Rock Creek Park

Please help us by signing this petition! 

The tranquil and historic Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC has been a safe place for native deer for more than 120 years, until now.

The National Park Service (NPS) has recently ordered the killing of half of the park’s 314 deer, allegedly to protect native plant species. But the agency’s own records show that there is no overpopulation, and no need for such drastic and inhumane measures.

If the brutal NPS plan is not stopped, deer will be shot with guns and bows after being lured to piles of grain, apples and hay. Others would be killed after capturing them with nets and shooting them in the head with penetrating steel captive-bolt guns.

Bow hunting has an over 50% wounding rate, and many deer run off to die a painful, prolonged death. Deer trapped under a net frequently break their legs while thrashing frantically and screaming in terror. Sometimes the bolt-gun is misfired into the eye, jaw, ear or nose – the agent must reload the bolt gun to try again. Death from the bolt-gun is often not immediate, adding more prolonged suffering for the already terrified animals.

Your voice is important!  Please sign this petition to urge the NPS to abandon their cruel plan for a deer massacre and, instead, to fulfill their mandate of protecting Rock Creek Park’s resident deer.

107 Responses to “Sign petition to protect deer in Rock Creek Park”

  1. March 12, 2013 at 11:34 am, Bob said:

    YA well. I am a 13 year old hunter from Ora Vally Arizona and i hunt. Humans have been hunting since the dawn of time. deer hunting is part of nature and life. My whole family hunts and then we eat the meat. Not only do the tax from our tag and guns go to protecting animals but we also help keep the population of verm (rabbits) and some predators (coyotes) under control. Good hunters follow the rules such as myself and i think you are making a bad desison by saying hunting is bad cause a few hunter are stupit. That squirral shoting contest sounds fun and you get prizes for killing animals. that is awesome. so f**k you and your website cause hunting is the right thing to do.

    P.S. i have three dogs, a snake, a cat and i love them dearly. So you can’t say i don’t love animals.

    Love your mom

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  2. March 06, 2013 at 8:52 am, Lierra Lenhard said:

    As the Vice-President of Wildlife Rescue, Inc. in Maryland, I know only too well how people become frustrated with our wildlife. I feel there is never a reason to kill animals that were here long before we built our homes on their land. There is always a humane answer to any wildlife problem and educating people about wildlife will better serve everyone. Killing deer will not solve the deer overpopulation problem and is only a short sited answer. If there is food available, new deer will just move in. Predators are certainly not the answer. No one wants wolves in their back yard! Go to to learn about our non-lethal deer sterilization project in Maryland. For learning about living with the deer go to . Deer do not cause Lyme Disease and I find it hard to believe that a child was run over by a deer!
    I am still trying to sign the Petition.

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  3. March 05, 2013 at 2:56 am, Patrick Connors said:

    Try living within the zone of Rock Creek Park and then tell me there isn’t overpopulation. The deer invade every yard, at all hours. We’ve had dogs injured, we’ve seen more people get Lyme disease (remember, deer are disease vectors folks), and a child down the street from us was run over by a deer while waiting for the bus on the sidewalk. This is ridiculous.

    Please tell me where ya’ll live so we can replant all these deer in YOUR neighborhood.

    Oh, and they are absolutely destroying the flora of the park. Moreover, there doesn’t appear to be enough food, since lots of them look pretty sickly and ribs sticking out for large parts of the year.

    If deer looked like naked mole rats on legs, no way people would be this up in arms about culling them.

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  4. March 01, 2013 at 3:07 am, felicity taylor said:

    I keep trying to sign the petition but it doesn’t work

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