18 Indiana State Parks to close temporarily for deer reductions - WDRB 41 Louisville News

18 Indiana State Parks to close temporarily for deer reductions

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LOUISVILLE, Ky, (WDRB) -- Select Indiana state park properties will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 14 and 15, and Nov. 28 and 29.

The state parks affected are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial. Cave River Valley Natural Area, which is managed by Spring Mill State Park, will also close for deer reductions.

These properties will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.

Only individual hunters drawn in September and those hunters they listed on their applications may participate in the hunts.

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.

A report on the 2015 reductions is by clicking here.

To view all DNR news releases, please click here.

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