A park in Longueuil, just across from Montreal, has seen an overwhelming influx of potentially trouble-making deer so the government is planning a "control operation" to take them down — which, sorry to all the animal-lovers out there, does indeed mean they're going to kill them.\nBut don't fret. In a happy holiday twist that every good deer overpopulation story needs, the meat will be donated to local food banks during the holiday season.\nAnd the city said in a statement that the deer would be euthanized humanely, using standards set by the Comité d'éthique de l'utilisation des animaux. \nEditor's Choice: Don't Drive A 'Mobile Igloo' & More Quebec Winter Driving Rules You Need To Know\n\n\n“\n\n\nThe city [...] will soon intervene to carry out a spot check operation in order to reduce the number of deer. \n\n\nThe City of Longueuil, in a statement published on November 10\n\n\n\nAccording to the statement, Parc Michel-Chartrand's deer population has reached more than double the park's capacity in recent years. \nThe overpopulation of deer leads to issues with land protection and "harmonious cohabitation," and also puts the species at risk, the city said. \nThe potential effects of too many deer in Parc Michel-Chartrand, as listed by the city, are:\n\nVery weak regeneration of the forest\nJeopardizes future planting that counters pests\nEndangers animal and plant biodiversity\nGenerates considerable costs for the property\nIncreases the risk of road accidents and Lyme disease transmission\nIs detrimental to the health of the deer themselves\n\nThe city of Longueuil currently forbids its residents to feed deer or any other wild animals on its territory. Feeding the deer makes them dependent on an artificial food source and modifies their natural behaviour, the city said.\nDany Hétu, General Manager of Moisson Rive-Sud, thanked the city of Longueuil for its charitable donation. \n"As the holidays approach and with the current pandemic, more people are turning to food banks. This is why we are happy that the City of Longueuil thought of us in order to redistribute this meat to our beneficiaries," he said.