Rock Creek Park Deer Subcommittee!

Join our Sub-Committee to Save the Rock Creek Park Deer!

Our board is looking for interested individuals to get involved.

The GW Animal Advocates is looking for students to take the lead on this important cause. We have been in touch with members of the community who are heading up this project, and we’re ready to start! If you’d like to join us and work on this project, please email our Executive Assistant, Taylor Schmidt, at or come to an info session on Thursday, March 20th at 6:30 pm in MSSC Room 104. An outside representative will be coming to provide us with more information at this meeting.
One of our newest initiatives that we have been working on is saving the deer of Rock Creek Park.

For 120 years, Rock Creek Park has been an oasis in the middle of a bustling capital city, providing refuge to visitors tired of the urban grind. Comprising fewer than five square miles, this small jewel has provided sanctuary to native wildlife, protecting the animals and their habitat from the encroachment of human development. This is a place given over to nature, and people have never been allowed to kill any of the native wildlife that lives there.

Until now.

For the first time in the history of Rock Creek Park, the National Park Service plans to kill native deer. This bloody cull – which involves baiting and shooting deer at close range – will occur over several years and will decimate the deer population, killing half of the deer in the first year alone. But there’s a better way. Reproductive controls can achieve the same result without the violence.

We’ve stopped the kill this year by filing an emergency litigation, but we need your help to stop it forever. Let’s keep Rock Creek Park safe. Let’s save the Rock Creek Park deer.


1) Fill out the National Parks Service Survey telling them to stop killing the deer:

2) Attend an “open house” with the National Park Service on Monday, March 3, from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, at St. John’s College High School in the Vaghi Dining Room. This is a great opportunity to voice your opposition to the killing of the deer directly to the Park Service.

 St. John’s College High School is located at 2607 Military Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20015 (between Oregon Ave. and 27th streets, NW) — directly across the street from Rock Creek National Park. 

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