Deer Reduction Activities March 11 and 12 2014

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March 10, 2014

Catoctin Mountain Park News Release 

March 10, 2014 
For Immediate Release 
Debra Mills 

See official news release and map.

Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Area Closures 

Deer Reduction Activities 

Deer herd reduction is being carried out by qualified federal employees on Tuesday and Wednesday March 11- 12, since public hunting is not permitted in Catoctin Mountain Park. Meat from culled deer will be donated to the Thurmont Food Bank. The purpose of the herd reduction is to support forest regeneration and provide for the long-term protection, conservation and restoration of native species and cultural landscapes. The consumption of vegetation by the overpopulated deer herd has negatively impacted other wildlife species habitat, and park neighbors. All closed areas will be clearly posted and closures will remain in effect for short periods of time. The closure areas are as follows:  




March 11-12, 2014

Closed Daily

Except 6:00 am to 10:00 am

Area A

The western portion of the Park, west of Foxville-Deerfield Road, including Owens Creek Campground.



Area B

East of Foxville-Deerfield Road, including Poplar Grove, to the north boundary, excluding Chestnut Picnic Area. Park Central Road west of Manahan Road is currently closed for the winter.





Area C

The northern portion of the Park just south of Buck Lantz Road


Did You Know?

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Early April, 1942 a basic training school for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was opened at Area B (Catoctin Mountain Park).The school evolved into primarily paramilitary training with British Captain William Fairbairn, “Fearless Dan” or “Shanghai Buster” as it’s most famous instructor.

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