INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fourteen of Indiana's state parks will be closed temporarily to the public in the coming weeks for a series of targeted deer hunts.
The parks chosen for the hunts are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and other species threatened by the deer's voracious appetites and overgrazing.
State wildlife biologists chose the parks for the hunts based on the condition of the park's habitat and the success of previous years' hunts.
The Department of Natural Resources says the parks will close temporarily for the two-day hunts on Nov. 16 and 17, and Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
The parks slated for the closures are: Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Tippecanoe, Turkey Run and Whitewater Memorial.