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Correction: Deer hunt story

Thursday - 1/31/2013, 6:58pm  ET

WASHINGTON - In a story Jan. 22 about a deer hunt, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a deer hunt would be conducted in Rock Creek Park. The hunt is planned for Rock Creek Stream Valley Park.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Rock Creek deer hunt to begin in February

Rock Creek deer hunt to begin in February to cut population blamed for accidents, disease

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Montgomery County parks officials say sharpshooters plan to begin killing deer in Rock Creek Stream Valley Park in February.

County parks official Bill Hamilton told WTOP ( http://bit.ly/10C528X) that the deer will be killed humanely with shots to the head, which eliminates any suffering. Hamilton says surveys show there are 40 to 50 deer in the area and the county would like to cut that number in half. Officials say the herd is greater than the park can sustain and deer have been blamed for vehicle accidents and carrying ticks that cause Lyme disease.

The hunt is scheduled at night on land between East-West Highway and the Capital Beltway.


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