US judge OKs Valley Forge deer hunt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - October 27, 2010

Wednesday's decision rejects a lawsuit filed by several animal-rights groups.

The National Park Service plans to begin the nighttime hunt next month.

U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg says it's clear the park is overrun with white-tail deer, causing damage to the park's vegetation and habitat.

Goldberg says there's no evidence the park service decision was capricious or arbitrary.

Animal-rights activists say the park should be maintained by natural means.

The 3,500-acre park is about 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

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