Metroparks Toledo donated 11,284 pounds of ground venison from this season’s deer management program to three agencies who feed local people in need: Cherry Street Mission, Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Assumption and Family House in Toledo. All donations were coordinated through Cherry Street.
The meat is from the 2017-2018 deer management season, which has now concluded for the season. Under the plan, the Ohio Division of Wildlife authorized Metroparks to remove up to 285 deer from seven parks.
Between Dec. 5 and Jan. 25, a total of 240 deer were culled from six parks by marksmen from USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services and Metroparks rangers. There were 50 deer culled from Oak Openings Preserve, 106 from Side Cut and Fallen Timbers Battlefield, 64 from Swan Creek Metropark, 19 from Wildwood, and one from Middlegrounds.