BALTIMORE (AP) -- The National Park Service is proposing to reduce the white-tailed deer population in three national battlefield parks by using sharpshooters.
The agency released its preferred alternatives for deer management Monday. The proposals are for the national battlefields at Antietam in Sharpsburg, Monocacy in Frederick and Manassas in Virginia.
The proposal says deer populations would be maintained by nonsurgical reproductive control methods if possible, but sharpshooting could also be used.
The Park Service would also fence crops and woodlots to keep deer from destroying vegetation.
The agency will conduct meetings this month at all three battlefields to get comments from the public.
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