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:
CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK
AREA CLOSURES FOR DEER REDUCTION
March 11-12, 2014
Except 6:00 am to 10:00 am
The western portion of the Park, west of Foxville-Deerfield Road, including Owens Creek Campground.
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.
The northern portion of the Park just south of Buck Lantz Road
Did You Know?
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.