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The National Park Service announces the availability of the Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Plan/EIS), Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Park), Ohio.

The Draft Plan/EIS considers four alternatives for the management of white-tailed deer at the Park. Under Alternative A (No Action), existing management actions would continue, including deer and vegetation monitoring, data management, and research. No new actions would occur to reduce the effects of deer overbrowsing. Alternative B (Combined Non-lethal Actions) would include all actions described under Alternative A, and would incorporate a combination of nonlethal actions, including the construction of large-scale deer exclosures (fencing) for the purposes of forest regeneration. In addition, nonsurgical reproductive control of does would be used to restrict population growth when this technology meets certain criteria. Alternative C (Lethal Actions) would include all actions described under Alternative A, and would add lethal deer management actions (sharpshooting with firearms or capture and euthanasia of individual deer) to reduce the herd size.

Alternative D (Combined Lethal and Non-lethal Actions) is the NPS preferred alternative. Alternative D would include all actions described under Alternative A, and would incorporate a combination of lethal and nonlethal actions from Alternatives B and C. These actions would include the reduction of the deer herd through sharpshooting with firearms or capture and euthanasia and nonsurgical reproductive control of does with an acceptable reproductive control agent to maintain the population.

The Draft Plan/EIS will remain available for public review and comment for 60 days from the date the Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You may provide comments on the Draft Plan/EIS by clicking on the "Open for Comment" link on the left of the page; by submitting comments to: Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, Ohio 44141 Attention: Deer Management Plan; or by attending one of the public meetings on Draft Plan/EIS.

Public meetings on the Draft Plan/EIS will be held on August 14, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 8pm. The meetings will be held at Happy Days Lodge, located at 501 W. Streetsboro Road (State Route 303), Peninsula, OH, 44264.


Contact Information
Dr. Lisa Petit, Chief of Science and Resource Management, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 440-546-5970.