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Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for March 28, 2013

Deer at Big Meadows

These deer will probably be ok. 

Your outdoor news bulletin for March, 28, 2013:

Shooting in the City

National Park Service sharpshooters – at least we hope so – have be been deployed to Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park to cull the population of deer that live there. Working overnight, the snipers will attempt to reduce the park’s overpopulated deer herd from 70 per mile to 20 per mile. That’s a lot of deer in a 2,800 acre area. The issue is the park service believes the over abundance of deer is hurting the plant and animal life of the rest of the park’s inhabitants. So there you have it, Bambi gets whacked so the rest of us can continue to have a good time. Let’s just hope their aim is as good as their judgement.

Blue Ridge Parkway Ends Hotline

Beginning Monday, the Blue Ridge Parkway will no longer operate it’s phone based weather and road closure updates. They will be switching to an internet-based interactive map instead. The map is cool, although I’m sure some folks that checked the line regularly will be upset about not hearing that voice in their ear. Get over it perverts, this is the 21st century and if we can’t count on our National Park Service to upgrade their services, and shoot all the annoying deer, what can we count on?

Fish Fighting Back

In national news, National Geographic is reporting that management plans aimed at limiting overfishing have been effective over the past couple of decades. The Natural Resources Defense Council report states that two-thirds of the closely monitored U.S. fish population threatened with overfishing have bounced back. While the report also states that some fish populations have not faired as well, the general consensus is that this is very good news in the long run. If it is proven that native fish populations can be rebuilt using universal tactics, then the worldwide threat of overfishing can be reversed. There are more great examples in the full article. The ocean is big, but not bottomless as we have found out the hard way.


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