Efforts to reduce the deer population at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site will continue this year.

According to a news release issued Wednesday, only qualified federal employees will take part in the effort to reduce the herd in October by shooting.

The harvested deer will again be tested for chronic wasting disease. Officials began testing the deer after the disease turned up in two deer at an Adams County farm, one of which was once kept at a Dover Township deer farm.

All deer tested negative for the disease, the release said.

Once deer had tested negative, the venison was distributed to local food banks, including the Adams County South Central Community Action Program and the Maryland Food Bank.

All venison from deer that test negative for the disease this year will once again be donated to area food banks.