2010-09-02 / Local & State

Deer Hunts Planned For Philly-Area State Park

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) – Officials are planning archery and shotgun hunts in a Philadelphia-area state park to its deer population.

Officials this week announced plans to permit archers to hunt in some parts of Ridley Creek State Park starting September 18. The hunts will continue until the end of January and include a one-week shotgun hunt in December.

Park manager Roger Mc- Chesney says the park has anywhere between 80 and 140 deer per square mile. That’s well above the concentration of 20 or so he says is considered healthy.

McChesney says the deer feed on saplings and strip ground cover needed by other animals.

Last year, a planned hunt at nearby Valley Forge National Historical Park was called off after two animal rights groups filed suit.

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