Provision of Another Public Service Returns to Norristown from Its COVID-19 Cancellation

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is resuming its annual deer herd culling project for 2023. The 6abc digital staff reported the Montgomery County implications, which include efforts at Norristown Farm Park.

The herd-thinning project was an annual springtime occurrence in the years 2005–2019. But it was paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement from the Montgomery County Department of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites.

“Deer culls serve to reduce the park’s deer population and bring it into balance with the site’s available resources. Culls reduce crop damage, lessen deer collisions with cars, and decrease damage to the park’s vegetation,” county officials said in a statement.

The statement went on to say the culls help also help reduce illnesses among the animals.

“The operation will be closely monitored by officials from various agencies and since it is after hours, the park while closed to the public,” the department said. “The cull will be patrolled continuously to ensure public safety.”

Officials say the meat harvested will be donated to area food banks.

Residents with questions can contact the Norristown Farm Park office at 610-270-0215.

More on deer herd culling in Norristown this month is at 6abc.


Although the source of this video includes Ann Arbor, Mich., its information on deer culling applies here as well.

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