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Some State Parks Closing Temporarily for Deer Reductions

Brown County, Clifty Falls and Versailles are among 21 state parks that will be closing temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 18 and 19, and Dec. 2 and 3. Officials say the state parks that are affected will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.

DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The state parks are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and numerous significant natural communities. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.

Information on 2014 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.IN.gov/fishwildThe application deadline is usually the end of August.

A report on the 2012 reductions can be found at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/files/sp-DeerRMRR.pdf.

Last Updated: Monday, November 04, 2013 9:32:20 AM

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