Charlottesville to cull deer herd in city parks

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville officials are getting ready to implement a deer management program.

The city says it is continuing to work with a wildlife management specialist for the program to manage the deer population in the city.

A 2018 initiative was successful, and the Charlottesville City Council approved the program in response to complaints concerning hazardous driving conditions, health concerns from Lyme disease, landscapes impacted by an overabundance of deer and the health of the local herd.

The culling program will begin Feb. 18 and continue into March.

It will take place in city parks during nighttime hours, and it is expected to cull about 125 deer from the herd.

The city says this operation will be coordinated with the Emergency Communications Center and the Charlottesville Police Department.

The 2018 program took place over 11 days between Feb. 20 and March 8 in nine city-owned properties, resulting in 2,850 pounds of venison being donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

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People with questions concerning the culling program are advised to call the Public Input voicemail at (434) 970-3109 and leave a message.