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Hunters bag 86 deer in Duke Forest

Posted December 23, 2009 11:57 a.m. EST
Updated December 24, 2009 8:47 a.m. EST

— Hunters killed 86 deer in four sections of Duke Forest this fall as part of a university-sanctioned effort to reduce the deer population in the 11-square-mile forest.

The hunt ran from Sept. 14 through last Friday, and forest program manager Marissa Hartzler said the majority of animals killed were does.

Last year, 75 deer were killed in the first university-approved hunt in Duke Forest. Officials say growing deer populations threaten research and the forest environment.