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Deer culling to begin in Will County

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Starting in late December the Will County Forest Preserve will use sharpshooters to control its deer population.

Officials say deer are overrunning preserves and destroying vegetation.

Marcy DeMauro is executive director of the Will County Forest Preserve District. “Everyone here understands that it is to protect the sustainability of the entire system and not let one animal in that system affect the quality and diversity for the rest of the organisms that live there,” DeMauro said.

Beginning Monday, Will County will accept applications for volunteer sharpshooters. But volunteers must meet strict requirements and pass several tests to be approved.

The deer meat will be donated to area food banks.

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