LLOYD HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) – A marksman with a shotgun has been hunting deer at a state park for the last three years and has been giving the meat to a food pantry.

Caumsett State Historic Park was asked to control the growing deer population by officials in the Village of Lloyd Harbor because of an increase in the number of car accidents and near misses with the animals on village roads.

State parks Superintendent George Gorman estimated Thursday that more than 60 deer live in the 1,600-acre park. He said only 20 should be in the park, which features miles of hiking and biking paths and nature trails and offers fishing and scuba diving by permit.

A state marksman has been going out at night to hunt the deer and has taken 33, Gorman said. The deer meat is given to a local food pantry, he said.

The hunting permit issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation runs until the end of this year, said Gorman, who didn’t expect any more hunting would be done.

The shotgun used to kill the deer has a range of less than 100 yards, so nearby populated areas aren’t in danger.

AP-ES-10-19-06 1921EDT

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