2010-10-21 / Local & State

Coyotes, Not Hunters, Proposed For Valley Forge

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) – An animal-rights group that opposes the use of hunters to cut the deer population in Valley Forge National Historical Park wants officials to consider using coyotes instead.

Friends of Animals opposes a plan to use sharpshooters to eliminate more than 80 percent of the Pennsylvania park's deer in the next four years.

Now, the group has started a campaign called the Coyote Coexistence Initiative. They want park officials to consider encouraging natural predators rather than shooting the deer.

Park officials tell The Philadelphia Inquirer the proposal wouldn't work. They say the number of deer has to be cut from an estimated 1,277 to about 175 in the next four years.

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