Eagle Creek deer hunt provides food for pantries

A white-tailed deer peeks through the trees at the Cleveland Metroparks reservation in Strongsville, Ohio Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A weekend deer hunt at Eagle Creek Park gave local pantries 4,800 pounds of venison, according to The Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Being able to safely reduce the deer population at Eagle Creek Park was necessary to ensure a sustainable future for Eagle Creek Park and all species that call it home,” said John Williams, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The venison, approximately 4,800 pounds, will be donated to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.

This was the beginning phase of the City’s Deer Management Program.

There is a second reduction planned that will be coordinated with the USDA and will focus on the west side of Eagle Creek Park.

To learn more about the deer reduction program, click here.

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