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8:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Most Indiana State Parks to Close for Controlled Deer Hunting. (It's This or Adding Wolves.)

Credit Indiana Department of Natural Resources

An overabundance of deer in Indiana has prompted state wildlife officials to shut down select state parks for controlled hunting.

Twenty-one of Indiana’s 24 state parks will be involved in the annual hunts on Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3.

The state administered hunts began in 1993 to reduce the deers' over-browsing of plant-life and create a healthier ecosystem, official said.

“The habitat was ultimately suffering,” said Mike Mycroft, chief of state parks and reserves for Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources.

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10:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

More Deer Leads to Greater Highway Safety Concerns in Kentucky

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

Since the end of World War II, Kentucky’s deer herd population has increased 900 percent. Now, they’re a common and costly hazard along the state's highways.

This is the time of year with the biggest risk of collisions.

It’s mating season for deer. Plus, as farm fields are cleared for harvest, the animals also lose their hiding places.

Les Dixon, of the state transportation office in Manchester, advises motorists not to swerve to avoid deer because it can often result in a more serious collision with oncoming traffic.

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