UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIACAROL GRUNEWALD, et al.
JONATHAN B. JARVIS, DIRECTOR,NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, et al.
Civil Action No. 12-cv-1738 (RLW)
Plaintiffs—five Washington, DC residents and an animal rights organization—have suedthe National Park Service and Department of the Interior over a plan to reduce the deerpopulation in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park that will likely involve shooting and killingdeer either with guns or with bows and arrows. Plaintiffs claim that the government, indeveloping its plan, failed to comply with the laws establishing the Park itself and the Park Service, as well as the National Environmental Policy Act, and bring this action under theAdministrative Procedure Act. Moreover, the Plaintiffs are concerned that implementation of theplan would turn the Park “into a killing field.” (Dkt. No. 1, at 2). The parties have both movedfor summary judgment, and the case is now ripe for a decision. Based upon the Court’s reviewof the Administrative Record, the parties’ briefs, the relevant law, and the arguments of counselduring the hearing held on March 4, 2013, and for the reasons stated below, the Defendants’Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt. No. 18) is
and Plaintiffs’ Motion forSummary Judgment (Dkt. No. 13) is
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