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Marksmen cull 84 deer from National Lakeshore

PORTER – The National Park Service reports marksmen culled 84 white-tailed deer from the east side of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during a 10-day program.

The Times of Munster reports that officials said 82 of the deer were tested for chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease. The results were all negative.

The National Park Service says the deer were removed from the lakeshore’s east side in March because their excessive numbers were causing unacceptable damage to park resources. Officials say monitoring will continue and will guide future management programs.

More than 5,000 pounds of venison from the cull were donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.