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Study: Regulated Deer Hunts Restoring State Parks

A Purdue University study says regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore the health of forests suffering from decades of damage caused by overabundant populations of white-tailed deer.

A research team found that a 17-year-long Indiana Department of Natural Resources policy of organizing hunts in state parks has successfully spurred the regrowth of native tree seedlings, herbs and wildflowers rendered scarce by browsing deer.

Associate Professor of Forest Ecology Michael Jenkins says that while hunting may be unpopular with some, it’s an effective means of promoting the growth and richness of Indiana's natural areas.