Pennsylvania Deer News

Man guilty of endangerment in chase spawned by deer-baiting July 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, New Jersey Herald
...  A northeastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for driving up to 100 mph chasing a man accused of baiting deer, who died when he crashed...

Mt. Lebanon votes to cull deer with archers July 15, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... The measurement for success would be a 50 percent reduction in deer-related crashes over five years ...The contractors would have to find, vet and train local managers and archers, and find property owners willing to waive state-mandated archery setbacks within the municipality, which could take several weeks...

... Commissioner Kelly Fraasch, who cast the lone vote in opposition, is concerned that the archery program might not reach its goal of killing 100 deer, yet the commission would spend $15,460 for the work... Residents again spoke passionately for and against culling, pitting stories of stampedes and ticks against worries about guns near homes and wounded animals fleeing into yards and roads...

Mt. Lebanon approves archery hunt to control deer July 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve a vetted archery program.  Mt. Lebanon will pay a conservation organization more than $15,000 to coordinate volunteer archers to kill deer in a hunting season that begins in September...
     Mt. Lebanon may use archers to control deer July 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Commissioners are expected to authorize a $15,460 contract with White Buffalo ... A municipal spokesperson said the agreement will authorize White Buffalo to organize and manage a vetted archery hunt in Mt. Lebanon in the fall...
     Deer culling back on table in Mt. Lebanon July 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... archery hunters and work with property owners to assemble areas where they would be permitted to hunt the community's deer herd ... Residents and animal welfare activists protested that cull, and a new organization called the Mt. Lebanon Coalition for Coexistence has issued statements opposing the planned archery cull...
     Resolving Mt. Lebo's deer management July 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
 ... Taking deer-killing off the table is the only way to keep our family-oriented parks and backyards peaceful, enjoyable and nonviolent, as they were intended... Use sterilization as the primary management method, supplemented by other approaches (promoting deer-resistant plans, enforcing the speed limit, public education) ...

... permission to shoot deer within the grounds of the facility's horse racing track... a permit that will allow for the killing of up to 15 deer.  Racing was canceled at the track as a precaution on June 29-30 after a deer ran in front of the horses ...

Number of Doe Licenses Down July 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Compared to the previous license year, 33,000 fewer antlerless licenses have been allocated statewide this year, and most wildlife-management units (WMUs) have fewer licenses available. That means submitting a timely application is as important as ever for hunters, said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough.  “In wildlife-management units where the allocation is relatively small, it never takes long for licenses to sell out,” Hough said. “And while we’ve held steady the number of licenses to be allocated in some WMUs, and increased it in a handful of others, the fact remains there are fewer licenses available this year ...

Pennsylvania hunters still thinking about coyotes in the summer July 6, 2015 Outdoor News
... coyotes are here to stay. Numerous studies have shown that while heavy trapping may improve fawn recruitment the following spring, coyote numbers soon rebound because in their travels they cover large areas, which enables them to migrate to places where coyote numbers are lower ... this animal has a devious ability to increase litter size when its numbers decline...

Sick deer don't recognize state lines July 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... While the Pennsylvania agency can expand the zone to the west, it won’t expand it any further south than it already has because the zone touches the Maryland 
... Maryland’s CWD Management Zone, however, reaches only as far west as the Town Creek drainage...

Hunting changes made in Pennsylvania, but more tweaks expected June 30, 2015 Tribune-Review
... the commission's deer management assistance program, or DMAP... Under the proposal given preliminary approval, landowners would no longer be guaranteed a minimum number of permits nor could the maximum size of a DMAP unit exceed 15,000 acres...

PGC board discusses merits of 24-hour deer harvest reporting June 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... commissioners and staff discussed a bill in the state Senate ... that would reduce the amount of time hunters have to report their harvest from 10 days to 24 hours .. the shorter time frame could mean hunters will be less likely to forget to report...

Deer reporting failures spark debate for Pa. Game Commission June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... hunters who harvest a deer are required to report it within 10 days... a little more than 30 percent of successful hunters report their deer ... Biologists have said the system ... produces a statistically valid estimate... “The issue with that is, no one believes the returns,” ...

Presque Isle Asks State for Guidance on Deer June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Blood Horse
... The track just south of Erie canceled the last five races June 22 and the last four races June 28 because of deer on or near the racing surface...
     Oh, deer: Wildlife puts horse racing on hold June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Courier-Journal 
...  track officials aren't sure where the deer are coming from ...  "Can we just shoot them? We don't know ...

11 reasons hunters killed fewer deer last year June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Olean Times Herald
... For several years deer managers in many states were reducing deer populations and as they transition to a stable herd they’re now issuing fewer antlerless licenses... In the northernmost whitetail areas, severe winters have taken a toll on deer populations ...

Norristown man fined for trying to sell roadkill online June 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Main Line Media News
... an undercover officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission who spotted Crawford’s not so carefully planned idea to auction online the rotting piece of animal flesh that he stored in the kitchen freezer of his New Hanover home...

... commissioners directed Mt. Lebanon staff to compare costs and next steps for using organized bowhunters, tranquilizing and sterilizing female deer and culling the animals with sharpshooters, municipal planner Keith McGill said.  “We'll be looking at all three methods independently ...

Mt. Lebanon's deer management meeting sparks no protests June 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... ”If you try to determine a number before you have a plan it will not work because your plan will be influenced by the number of deer you think you have, and the hard count won’t be reliable,“ [ Jeannine Fleegle, a deer biologist for the state Game Commission]  ”The first thing you have to define as a community is whether there is a problem ... [Many communities use a count to to evaluate program effectiveness]
     Mt. Lebanon Officials Meet To Discuss New Attempt At Deer Management June 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh 
...  “They haven’t said how many deer there are. They haven’t done a survey since 2014, which showed that the numbers went down since 2013 ... 
     Mt. Lebanon commissioners hone deer strategy June 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... A small group of protesters demonstrated outside the Mt. Lebanon High School fine arts theater, where roughly 50 people stayed for the 4 1/2-hour discussion...Municipal planner Keith McGill kicked off the four-person panel by saying the metric for success would be a 50 percent reduction in deer-related traffic accidents over five years. [see road management strategies for reducing collisions]

Mt. Lebanon to tackle deer problem again June 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Jeannine Fleegel, a state Game Commission deer biologist invited to participate in Monday’s panel, said ... “I am not opposed to fertility control as an option, but the fact is, it is not an effective tool to reduce the population now,” she said. “I wish we had that tool available, but study after study shows it’s not effective on open populations of deer.” [Not correct, see summaries of studies and community efforts]

Legislators taking aim at semi-automatic law June 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... A legislative effort originally intended to give game animals a sporting chance could soon be flipped on Second Amendment grounds...  legislators considered bills that would permit hunters to use the increasingly popular “military style” semi-automatic firearms ...

Birthing Season Sets Deer On Collision Course With Vehicles June 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Insurance News Net
... About 90 percent of adult female white-tailed deer -- those classified as older than 1 year -- will give birth by June 27. As the mothers care for their fawns, they'll urge their yearlings -- last year's fawns -- to move on.  "These yearlings are moving into new territories, and they're crossing unfamiliar roads, and unfortunately not all of them make it," ...

Study looks at deer response to moon, weather changes June 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... The Deer-Forest Study, currently funded through 2017, is a collaborative research project studying how deer, soils, and vegetation interact to affect Pennsylvania forests. ...  The Deer-Forest Blog, where researchers share their findings with the public, is online at ecosystems.psu.edu/deer...

Game Commission seeks input on its 2015-2020 strategic goals and objectives June 5, 2015 Pennsylvania, PBC News
     The 2015-2020 Pennsylvania Game Commission Strategic Plan is available for public review.... The draft strategic plan can be found on the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. Those wishing to read the plan can click the Strategic Plan icon on the home page to view it... The Strategic Plan identifies specific measureable goals to help guide the agency toward its core goals. The core goals for the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan include putting wildlife first, improving wildlife habitat, following sound business practices, serving Pennsylvanians and improving support for hunting and trapping....
     Those wishing to submit comments on the plan can do so in two ways. Comments can be sent electronically through e-mail to PGCStrategicPlanComments@pa.gov. Comments can also be sent through the mail to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Reviews of the plan can be mailed using the following address: Strategic Plan Comments, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Information and Education, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. The public comment period ends June 17.

Orphaned fawn cared for at Red Creek Wildlife Center June 4, 2015 Pennsylvania, Republican And Herald
... Red Creek Wildlife Center is caring for a fawn after its mother was hit by a car ...  the deer was born on impact... “The impact split the mother open,” ... The cost to care for each fawn is about $150, she said. Those who want to donate to the center can ... visit the website ...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer control expert to Mt. Lebanon says culling still a possibility May 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Tony DeNicola, president of Connecticut-based White Buffalo Inc., will address the Board of Commissioners ... would need to sterilize well over 90 percent of the females... You could need $250,000 to $300,000 to do that,” DeNicola said. “To capture 300 animals is a very substantial undertaking.” ...

A former Pennsylvania Game Commission veterinarian impacts CWD fight May 29, 2015 Outdoor News
... even though scientists suspect that urine from CWD-infected deer have played a role in spreading the disease from Colorado east to Pennsylvania and beyond over the last 50 years – hunters are free to  sprinkle and dump deer urine originating from who knows where, wherever they please...

Legislation would impact sportsmen May 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Rep. Mike Hanna is sponsoring House Bill 671, which would take authority for deciding how many antlerless deer licenses to issue in any given year away from the Game Commission. An “antlerless deer harvest committee” consisting of licensed hunters appointed by the board of commissioners ...

Taking aim at DMAP permits May 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... the use of DMAP in state forests, in particular, leads to “chronic” complaints from hunters convinced the goal is zero deer on the landscape, said commission president Dave Putnam of Centre County... Program guidelines say the commission “shall” award one permit for every 50 acres of forest on qualifying properties ..  a proposal to remove that word from the guidelines ... Will the bureau of forestry stand silently by? ...

Why is Ridge Avenue there? May 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News 
... Ridge Avenue, both the backbone and the aorta of Roxborough-Manayunk ... A deer walking through that forest would have been worried about big predators like wolves and mountain lions; as protection, in places with topography the deer would have walked along ridge lines ... why blaze a trail when deer have so conveniently made one for you? ...

Local counties say deer license change could cost them big bucks May 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era 
... Local county treasurers are taking aim at a proposal to expand and digitize some hunting license sales, saying the loss of antlerless deer permits could cost them big bucks or, more specifically, hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in annual revenue...

Mt. Lebanon plans June discussion on deer management May 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... The commission canceled its regular meeting June 22 to allow for a nonbusiness discussion that will start about 6 p.m ... Commissioners have set a goal of reducing the number of vehicle-deer collisions by 50 percent within five years...

Remain vigilant on CWD May 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, York Dispatch Online
... testing became mandatory in 2012 after two deer on an Adams County farm were discovered to have the disease, and one of those deer had spent some time on a farm in Washington Township, York County...

Winter mortality low for Pa. deer, not so elsewhere May 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... The harsh winter’s impact on white-tailed deer has led wildlife management officials in several northern states to consider deep cuts in hunting permits...  One unnamed member of the Board of Game Commissioners recently told the Associated Press the harsh winter weather factored into his decision to vote for trimming doe tags...

Will Climate Change Change Deer? May 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Ecosystem Science and Management - Penn State University
... a report from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about how climate change will impact wildlife ... The report noted that winter severity is a challenge to overwinter survival, and research in neighboring Minnesota found that 50% of the variation in adult female mortality is explained by winter severity...

More land added to benefit wildlife in Elk State Forest May 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
... The state invested $7.2 million to purchase the land ... "This property will be open to the public for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities ... Does this mean more elk will seem to be "pinched" into small areas of our state? Most likely ...

... Thus far this year, 253 samples have been collected, including one that tested positive and is counted among the six new positives within DMA 2.  Since 1998, the commission has collected and submitted more than 52,000 wild deer and elk for CWD testing, with a total of 11 positive tests...

     Disease Management Area 2 again expanded due to new cases.  From the start of 2014 through the present, six additional cases of chronic wasting disease have been documented in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today.
All six deer to test positive were killed on highways within Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2), the only area of the state where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in free-ranging deer.  None of the samples collected from deer or elk harvested by hunters anywhere in the state during the 2014-15 hunting seasons tested positive for CWD, and no road-killed deer or elk from outside DMA 2 tested positive...

Plumstead nursery using deer feeder to help battle Lyme disease, ticks April 30, 2015 Pennsylvania, theintell.com 
... As a deer bends its heads down to reach the corn in the feeder, its neck and ears are brushed with rollers coated with the pesticide permethrin, explained Hirst.
“It turns the deer into a tick-killing machine,” ... 

Mt. Lebanon, ‘Deer Doctor’ addresses Mt. Lebanon commissioners April 28, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Sandy Baker ...  said the municipality had attempted to implement a lethal deer management strategy based on incomplete information, adding that population reduction should be the final step in a comprehensive deer management plan, not the first...

Search for ‘magic’ deer number in Pennsylvania goes on April 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... commissioners again slightly reduced the number of doe tags available to hunters – which they say should result in deer numbers in most places increasing a little ... about a 4 percent reduction. It was the second consecutive year of very minor cuts in the number of available doe tags....

Game commission makes major adjustment to Mentored Youth Hunting Program April 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Live 
... a major adjustment to the program that looks to address concerns voiced by sportsmen that some of the harvests by the very youngest of hunters may actually have been made by their adult mentors... Starting this fall, however, participants will need to be at least 7 years old to obtain their own tags...

... cut the number of doe licenses to be issued this year by more than 30,000, from a total of 779,500 last year to 746,500 this year.  The number of doe licenses - also known as antlerless deer permits - issued is the commission's primary means of managing deer...

Guilty pleas in York County deer-poaching case April 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... Six Spring Grove individuals have been sentenced to more than $23,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to poaching 18 white-tailed deer ranging from yearlings to adult does and bucks, including a 9-point. ... A total of 20 unlawful deer were harvested by all parties involved ...

... commissioners reviewed the biologists' individual, tag-allocation recommendations for each of the state's 23 wildlife management units (WMU).  Only five were approved as requested.  In the 18 others, the commissioners unanimously voted to reduce the number of tags requested by the biologists...

Game Commissioners reduce allotment of doe tags April 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... There will be fewer doe licenses, and presumably more deer, across most of Western Pennsylvania this fall... The unit seeing the biggest change is 5C just northwest of Philadelphia. ... making it smaller, and decreased the number of available doe licenses from 95,000 to 70,000...

Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today set hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits April 10, 2015 PGC News
... The board voted to allocate 746,500 antlerless deer licenses statewide... The board also directed that 13,500 antlerless permits be made available to hunt and harvest deer within Disease Management Area 2, which in the 2015-16 license year will include parts of Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, Cambria, Fulton and Somerset counties. This is the second year for the permit, which is meant to reduce antlerless deer numbers in the only area of the state where chronic wasting disease has been detected among free-ranging deer... The board on Friday also voted to issue 116 elk licenses (21 antlered, 95 antlerless) for the 2015 hunt.  The licenses again will be awarded by lottery, and the deadline to enter the drawing is July 31.  Elk applications cost $10.70 ...

Game Commission reduces doe licenses statewide and in NEPA April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... Citing concerns from hunters and the possible impact of a harsh winter, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board voted Friday to reduce antlerless license allocations in several areas of the state... 

All ages can continue to hunt deer and turkey April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Daily American
... The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Friday gave final approval to a measure that will require any antlered deer or turkey harvested by a Mentored Youth hunter younger than 7 to be taken with valid harvest tags provided by his or her adult mentor...

Game Commissioners reduce allotment of doe tags April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... There will be fewer doe licenses, and presumably more deer, across most of Western Pennsylvania this fall... The 746,500 total is 33,000 fewer — about a 4 percent decline — than last year...

Rules Change for Deer Attractant Permits April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     Measure extends use to municipal property... The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that would expand an existing permit that authorizes permitted baiting for deer as a method of control in the southeastern Pennsylvania special regulations area.  For the purpose of enhancing the harvest rate in an area of the state where deer populations are high, this regulation provides an opportunity to private landowners within the southeastern special regulations area to apply for a permit that allows hunting sites to be baited at consistent intervals through the use of electronic feeders.  The change approved by the Board of Commissioners allows a permit to be issued for use on municipal or township property, as well...

Debate over deer numbers goes on April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, TribeLive.com
... Chris Rosenberry, the biologist who heads up the commission's deer and elk section, presented board members with his recommendations. That antlerless license allocation would allow the deer herd to increase in one unit (3A), bring it down in two others (3C and 4B), and maintain it at existing levels everywhere else, including all of Western Pennsylvania...

Union County deer meet draws crowd April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor New
... hunters complained about the use of the Deer Management Assistance Program on the state forest, the long deer seasons, poor habitat in the Bald Eagle State Forest, high numbers of predators and the Game Commission’s antlerless deer license allocations...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer cull called off in Mount Lebanon April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... In trying to explain why it took 11 shots to kill three deer, Benner said the bullets may have been faulty... “All options are on the table,” she said, noting that even sterilization might be considered ... A controlled archery hunt next fall is a definite possibility ... 

2015-16 Deer Population Report [PDF] April 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC
... Data presented in this report represent collaborative efforts between the U.S. Forest Service, Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University, Responsive Management, and the Game Commission's bureaus of Information and Education, Wildlife Habitat Management, and Wildlife Management ...

Philadelphia lifts park winter curfew, deer cull ends April 7, 2015 Pennsylvania, Montgomery News 
... The deer management program removed a total of 165 deer, the majority coming from Pennypack Park in the Northeast (68) ...

Bethleham, Town tackles deer nuisance April 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Spotlight News
... Residents were not only worried about Lyme disease [most current research shows deer density is related to Lyme] , but the number of traffic accidents that have been caused in town by deer [road management can be more cost effective than a cull]. Others have been concerned that the larger numbers of deer are disturbing their gardens....

Mt. Lebanon, 'Deer-proofing' expert to offer lessons in Mt. Lebanon April 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Sandy Baker, whose website calls her “the deer doctor,” will present residents with deer-deterrent strategies and lessons on deer behavior at times to be determined from April 25 to April 27 ....

Changes on tap for PA hunters in 2015-16 April 2, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online
...  the commissioners want to set 7 as the minimum age for kids to be able to tag deer and turkeys on their own mentored youth hunting permits... If you hang tree stands or set ground binds on State Game Lands, or on private land enrolled in public-access programs, you would have to put an identification tag on them ...

... Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists next week will recommend offering enough antlerless deer licenses to maintain deer herds at their current levels across most of the state.  Commissioners likely will tweak those suggestions to allow deer populations to actually grow, said board president Dave Putnam ...

Increase proposed on hunting license fee March 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
...  Last week, executive director [Game Commision] Matt Hough asked state legislators to raise hunting license fees. The last increase was in 1999, when the price of a general license went from $12 to $19... “Today, 16 years later, we have fewer employees —714 total — yet our personnel costs have more than doubled ...

Public invited to take part in deer weather survey March 28, 2015 Pennsylvania, Limaohio
... Researchers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have invited people (including out-of-staters) to take a brief online survey on how they think deer respond to different weather conditions... The survey will be online for another week or so ...

... Bagging a total of 17 animals wasn't enough for several York County hunters -- they had to take to social media and tell the world -- which ultimately led to their arrests, according to the state Game Commission... their licenses will go through a revocation process by Game Commission administrators...

... Four adults and two juveniles from the Spring Grove area pleaded guilty to citations that they illegally killed 18 white-tailed deer ...

PA Game Commission Delivers Annual Report To Legislature March 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Outdoor Wire
... chronic wasting disease, or CWD, which was first detected in a commercial deer farm in Adams County in 2012. CWD was then found in three hunter-harvested deer in Blair and Bedford counties later that same year. And in the spring of 2014, it was found in another deer farm in Jefferson County. That caused the creation of a third Disease Management Area in the Jefferson County area....

Hunting fee increase could be in works March 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Standard Speaker
... Pennsylvania license would remain among the least expensive in the nation, he said. Last year, about 950,000 hunters bought licenses, which cost Pennsylvania residents $19 plus $1.70 in fees.  The price has not varied since lawmakers raised it from $12 in 1999... Last year, the commission spent $5 million more than it received in revenues ...

QDMA report ranks Pennsylvania deer hunting highly; many skeptical in state March 24, 2015 Outdoor New
... n 2013-14, according to the report, Pennsylvania ranked fifth nationally in total buck harvest, trailing only Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. It also produced three bucks per square mile, which also ranked fifth nationally...

Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon must still deal with deer March 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Observer-Reporter
... At a Monday night meeting, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mt. Lebanon’s commissioners said they would stay away from any deer-related issues for a couple of months to allow for a cooling-off period...

Mt. Lebanon, Pro-deer culling Mt. Lebanon commissioner steps down from post March 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Commissioner Kristen Linfante, who was the board's strongest and longest-standing advocate of culling with trapping or sharpshooters, tendered her resignation in a letter before the meeting, citing continuing health issues... “We don't know how many deer there are,” said resident Elaine Gillen, whose Lebo Citizens blog was a forum for people opposed to culling... An aerial survey in 2013 counted 342 deer in Mt. Lebanon, but a follow-up survey in early 2014 found just 196...

Mt. Lebanon Commissioners lament ‘divisiveness’ of Mt. Lebanon deer culling debate  March 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... John Lisowski, who said he's a hunter and a gardener, spoke during the comment session for residents and estimated that the commissioners would give themselves a D-plus grade for the cull.  “This firestorm in Mt. Lebanon was created by the corralling and assassinating of deer,” ...  Kristen Linfante, who was elected Ward 3 commissioner in 2011 and generally favored the deer culling initiative, resigned Monday ...

Deer-ly departed: Deer go where hunters aren’t March 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
...  A Penn State study into deer movement during the hunting season has shown whitetails react to hunting pressure by moving out of their typical home range... confirms what many hunters have long suspected: that deer “disappear” during the height of the hunting seasons ...

...  the Pennsylvania Game Commission initiated a $1.1 million study ...  coyotes didn't always populate York County or even the state, according to game commission officials... The growing drumbeat among hunters is that coyotes are taking more fawns all the time ...

Mt. Lebanon, Heyl: All Mt. Lebanon did with failed culling is shoot itself in the foot March 22, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Mt. Lebanon endured weeks of controversy, and the community remains sharply divided, all for the sake of ridding the community of six animals.  This attempt to curb the deer population was a total debacle... It was supposed to be so simple, this mass eviction by euthanasia ...

Mt. Lebanon puts deer cull out of its misery March 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Fraught with problems from the start — including a botched first night in which the contractor's ammunition proved ineffective — the plan was called off because of vandalism and interference ... Someone hurled absorbent balls soaked in a foul-smelling chemical at the Robb Hollow site.  On March 12, someone removed a corral feeder and tossed it over a hillside, and a woman had a brief confrontation with a contractor ...

Mt. Lebanon, Controversial Mt. Lebanon deer cull ends March 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, Observer-Reporter 
... Merlin Benner, president of Wildlife Specialists said the township's decision to trap deer in corrals – which had never been used in Pennsylvania – led to a delay in starting the deer cull. Only six deer were killed ... Benner acknowledged the protesters played a role in his decision to end the contract. ... Despite the handful of deer that were killed, Morgans [town public relations officer] said the program was not a failure...


Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon Deer Culling has officially ended March 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, WTAE 9
... The deer corrals came down on Thursday.  At the beginning of this operation, it took 11 shots to kill three deer ... they' have only killed six deer... had hoped to cull 150 ...

Mt. Lebanon, Milder weather working against deer cull effort in Mt. Lebanon March 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... With just six deer killed since the first shots were fired in the Mt. Lebanon deer cull, the program will not reach commissioners’ goal of significantly reducing the whitetail population ... Tom Fazi, spokesman for the Game Commision’s southwest district, says the bait, trap and kill corral method continues to seem viable despite the unsuccessful Mt. Lebanon experiment, and may have applications elsewhere in the state...

Mt. Lebanon, Weak ammunition delays deer cull in Mt. Lebanon March 19, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The operator of Mt. Lebanon's controversial deer culling program cut short the first night after contractors needed 11 direct shots to the head to kill three deer at close range ... Mt. Lebanon spokeswoman Susan Morgans referred comments to the state game commission, which could not be reached...

Chestnut Tree sale slated March 19, 2015 Pennsylvania, Wayne Independent
... The Susquehanna Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is once again offering disease resistant Dunstan Chestnut trees for sale. These trees are a good food producing tree for deer and wildlife...  begin to bear in only 2-4 years

'Unified' PGC board appears intent to decrease opportunity March 19, 2015 Pennsylvania, Citizen Standard
...  the board plans to create a 5-7 split for the firearms deer season, with the first five days for antlered hunting only and the last seven days concurrent antlered and antlerless hunting ... an email apparently sent by Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania president Randy Santucci suggesting antlerless tags be reduced because of the "harsh" winter...

Weather, policies drive deer harvest down in 2014-15 March 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lewistown Sentinel 
... The Game Commission last year reduced the number of antlerless licenses available ... Reducing the allocation within a Wildlife Management Unit allows deer numbers to grow .. 

Mt. Lebanon, Vandals steer deer from Mt. Lebanon corrals, help some escape March 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The contractor reported five incidents since March 11, when someone put deer feed outside the Bird Park corral, presumably so deer would be less tempted to enter what opponents call the “killing cage.”  On Thursday, someone removed a corral feeder ...

Research to focus on how deer respond to changes in moon phase, weather March 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Phys.org 
... The Deer-Forest Study, currently funded through 2017, is a collaborative research project studying how deer, soils and vegetation interact to affect Pennsylvania forests. Penn State is partnering with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state Bureau of Forestry in the research.  The Deer-Forest Blog, where researchers share their findings with the public, is online ...

Mt. Lebanon to avoid daily reports on deer culling because of contention March 16, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Mt. Lebanon's deer-culling program has killed six deer, officials said Monday, as the second week got under way. Because the plan to bait, corral and shoot deer on municipal land caused such contention, the municipality will issue only weekly updates …

Chronic wasting disease a concern in Pa. March 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... The number of CWD infected deer has grown every year since 2012, and five more have just been added to the tally ...  five road-killed deer tested positive for CWD near the western edge of DMA 2 ...

Pennsylvania deer harvest declines March 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... state wildlife biologists in West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio gave for deer harvests that were lower in their 2014-15 seasons than in the previous year. West Virginia's deer harvest declined by 31 percent, Maryland's by 9 percent and Ohio's by 8 percent.  The story's the same here... about 25 percent of the doe harvest is made up of fawns. In Pennsylvania, though, it was 39 percent in 2013-14...

March brings challenging days for deer March 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Citizens Voice
... natural food that nourishes deer in all seasons... sows 60 percent clover, which deer eat most of the year — even in the winter, when they dig beneath the snow. The rest of his crops are soybeans, which deer “eat right down to the dirt” in the late summer and fall, and turnips.  Deer eat the turnip tops in October and November, but dig up the turnip roots during the winter...

You tell me...is he telling the truth? I don't recall all those things happening that he says. Also, I highly doubt he has 1200 signatures from Mt. Lebanon residents. The anti-cull is almost triple that. - March 14, 2015


Mt Lebanon, Finding a 'palatable answer' to deer overpopulation March 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Fox Chapel police use noise-suppressed rifles to kill deer in the municipality and on Audubon property ... Non-lethal measures, he suggested, range from impractical to impossible.  [Jim Bonner, executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Audubon Society.  See successful cases of non-lethal deer management]... “What happened in Mt. Lebanon, I would classify as mismanagement,” ... biologist and zoo curator Henry Kacprzyk said ..."

... Amid the name-calling, protests and bad feelings stirred up by the Mt. Lebanon deer-culling controversy comes this rare spark of satire: a 1-minute, 46-second video in the form of a “fake” movie preview, posted by an anonymous blogger on his satirical Facebook page, Fake Lebo ...

Deer harvest decreases throughout the state March 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily New
... Antler restrictions were put into place to allow deer to grow older in Pennsylvania, and most agree that the plan is working.  PGC said, "The 2014-15 harvest contained its highest percentage of adult bucks in decades. Of the antlered deer taken, 43 percent were 1 1/2-year-old bucks, with the remaining 57 percent being 2 1/2 years old or older." ...

Four deer killed in first week of Mt. Lebanon cull March 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... With a goal of eliminating 150 deer in Mt. Lebanon by March 31, the culling program so far has resulted in four kills ...

Mt. Lebanon deer cull underway March 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Marty Murray, a resident who also has a business locally, questioned how many people actually support a cull.  “I’m rather surprised that there has been no referendum,” she told commissioners...

Mt. Lebanon, Citizens against the Deer Cull March 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, GoFundMe.com
... We are a group of concerned citizens who are disspointed with the Mt. Lebanon commission to go forward with a brutal plan to bait and trap deer in our beautiful parks.  We ask for your help to aid us in covering expenses such as posters and materials for our legal and lawful protests and spreading the word to other supporters! ... [Updates on the cull are available at the blogsite, Lebo Citizens]

Philadelphia, Hill activists seek help from Cindy Bass to end killing March 12, 2015 Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill Local... The annual kill, announced by the city as a “one-time-only” event by then-Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Commission, William E. Mifflin, back in 1999, has presently been going on for 15 consecutive years. Since then over 1,000 deer have been killed in the Wissahickon, according to the Park Commission’s own statistics... Folks who would like to sign the petition to Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and lend their voices to stop the 15 years of killing the deer in Fairmount Park can go online to phillydeeradvocates.com and click on ‘SIGN OUR PETITION.’”

Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon residents blast commission over deer cull March 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Despite the public outrage, Commission President John Bendel said the municipality has no intention of ending the cull... Kelly Fraasch ... said residents had approached her with the desire to establish a fund for deer sterilization and other non-lethal means of deer management...

Mt. Lebanon, Opposing sides in Mt. Lebanon deer culling run deep March 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The plan to lure deer into five corrals and have sharpshooters with small-caliber rifles equipped with suppressors kill them seems barbaric to some. Others say there just aren't any good options... Protesters packed a commission meeting Tuesday night...

Mt. Lebanon, Contractor reports first kill in Mt. Lebanon deer cull March 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Despite early rain, deer were lured into baited corral traps, shot from elevated platforms and taken to a processor early today ... The location and number of deer taken were not disclosed...

Mt.Lebanon, Nonlethal deer management plan pitched in Mt. Lebanon March 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The nonlethal plan proposed by Commissioner Kelly Fraasch called for a volunteer phone bank to educate residents about Mt. Lebanon's deer-feeding ban. It also called for bringing in a nationally recognized expert, Sandy Baker of Rochester, N.Y., to speak about landscaping and flowering to manage the deer population...

Mt. Lebanon, Opponents denounce Mt. Lebanon deer cull March 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... A standing-room crowd of more than 100 people packed the Mt. Lebanon Commission meeting ... It appeared the majority of those in attendance were opposed to the plan to cull ...  Prior to the commission meeting, nearly 40 protesters faced Washington Road ... sign quoted Genesis from the Bible about the beauty of all living things...

Mt. Lebanon's controversial deer-culling program gets underway March 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Despite earlier reports of the possibility for a delay, Benner said all the necessary equipment and approvals were in place so his workers could start shooting Monday night and early Tuesday morning ... Automated feeders have been acclimating deer to eating at certain spots ... The contractors have since erected fences around the feeders to form corrals ...

The controversial Mt. Lebanon deer cull starts tonight, aiming to eliminate 150 deer from the area. - March 9, 2015



Game Commission Releases Deer Harvest Estimates March 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission today reported that, in the state’s 2014-15 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 303,973 deer – a decrease of about 14 percent compared to the 2013-14 harvest of 352,920.
     Hunters took 119,260 antlered deer in the 2014-15 seasons – a decrease of about 11 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 134,280 bucks were taken. Also, hunters harvested an estimated 184,713 antlerless deer in 2014-15, which represents an about 16 percent decrease compared to the 218,640 antlerless deer taken in 2013-14...

Mt. Lebanon, Technical issues could delay Mt. Lebanon deer cull March 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Brian Benner of Wildlife Specialists in Wellsboro, Tioga County, said Sunday that some necessary equipment wasn’t in place... contracted to receive $500 per deer up to $75,000 per year ...

Let’s consider no deer baiting throughout Allegany County March 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... Three new cases were discovered in Virginia’s northwestern corner, only a few centerfire rifle shots away from Allegany County. For the first time, CWD was detected in Shenandoah County, very close to the Frederick County line ... 

Municipalities eye joint effort to control deer March 7, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 
     As Mt. Lebanon struggles to get its controversial deer-culling program under way this month, its neighbors in Upper St. Clair were finishing their 10th consecutive season of culling with sharpshooters and archers ...

Mt. Lebanon deer cull begins Monday night March 7, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... commissioners voted last month to pay the company $500 per deer up to $75,000 to remove about 150 white-tailed deer by the end of March. To that end, the Game Commission authorized a cull in which deer will be baited, trapped and shot at night by Wildlife Services employees ...

Mt. Lebanon, Murder in Mt. Lebanon March 5, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac, Jan Seybold
... Every hunter I know thinks that the corral is the worst possible option. If they have to kill deer to thin the herd (which has been scientifically proven that the herd will rebound with more births following a cull) there should be a different, more humane method...

Mt. Lebanon deer-culling corrals sprayed with urine, repellent March 5, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... J. Merlin Benner, president of Tioga County-based Wildlife Specialists LLC, said the photos taken by his infrared game cameras show people at some of the automatic feeders and corrals taking pictures and spraying the area with either urine or deer and rabbit repellent to keep deer away from his corrals...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer slaughter no solution March 4, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... I was a deer hunter for years until the modern rules left practically nothing to hunt. Now I'm too compassionate to harm such beautiful animals — or any animals. Deer also experience emotions and pain...

... As for our buck harvest, we're nowhere near the top for protecting yearling bucks — a principle tenet of QDMA.  The organization preaches letting young bucks walk in order to have a balanced age structure in the buck herd.  In Pennsylvania, bucks 1.5 years old accounted for 47 percent of the total 2013-14 buck harvest...

Mt. Lebanon, Opponents of Mt. Lebanon deer cull protest at corral site March 1, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... More than two dozen protesters stood on the side of Connor Road in Mt. Lebanon on Saturday afternoon, demanding more humane options for dealing with the community’s deer population... “They want to shoot a gun where there is high traffic, gas lines, and power equipment,” ...

Experts call for deer hunters to step up game March 1, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... In a perfect situation, fawns are born “in a pulse” in the spring that overwhelms predators. They will eat their share, but they can't eat enough to hurt populations ... But that only occurs if there is a “natural” deer herd in which the majority of does are being bred in a relatively short period of time ... Having that kind of deer herd means hunters need to embrace things like antler restrictions and allow more deer to mature ...

Mt. Lebanon residents need to calm down about deer February 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Mt. Lebanon needs to calm down, or soon people there will want to kill all the birds because “they poop on our heads.” ...

Mt Lebanon Commissioner Linfante admits that the Mt. Lebanon Deer Cull is inhumane February 26, 2015 Pennsylvania



Scott, senior living center criticize Mt. Lebanon deer cull February 26, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... “Our patients and residents enjoy seeing the wildlife, the deer have a history of being tame, and their presence is seen as a positive part of our patient care environment,” Neil said. “Killing them in sight of our patients would be very emotionally disruptive for our patients and adversely impact their care.” ...

Scott Township votes against deer culling in park bordering Mt. Lebanon February 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Scott Township officials say Mt. Lebanon has no legal right to cull deer in Twin Hills Park and voted against allowing the municipality access to the property...

Mt. Lebanon residents opposed to deer cull February 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Mt. Lebanon residents turned out in force on Feb. 23 to again protest the municipality’s trap-and-bolt deer cull. They lined the length of road outside the municipal building brandishing signs printed with slogans such as “$75,000 Slaughter” ...


Mt. Lebanon tweaks deer-culling plans February 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Mt. Lebanon commissioners Monday night said federal laws prohibit the culling of deer within 1,000 feet of schools, forcing three bait-and-trap sites to be re-evaluated, while a private location was added and a second is being considered...

Mt. Lebanon, Group protest Mt. Lebanon deer cull proposal February 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, WTAE Pittsburgh
... Sterilization is the second part of Mt. Lebanon's deer control management plan, but that sterilization permit has not been approved by the state. Brumfield said they hope to use the cull for a couple years, then move to sterilization for the long term...

Mt. Lebanon, Stop the Deer Culling, Petition February 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Change.org
... The idea of trapping deer into corrals to kill them in mass numbers is a cruel and ineffective way of controlling the deer population. Deer are panicked inside of these corrals and often receive injuries trying to run, making it hard for the shooters to get a clean shot... Newsletter about the cull

Mt. Lebanon deer cull is a soulless slaughter February 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... I sympathize with those whose shrubberies have been damaged, but that harm does not merit killing, especially when there are more humane solutions ... Just because it is cheaper does not mean this is the ethical thing to do. 

Mt. Lebanon's deer herd in the crosshairs February 22, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 ... deer will be baited, trapped and shot at close range in six Mt. Lebanon parks.   ... Neither PZP nor Gon-a-con, anti-fertility drugs used on animals, are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because every doe vaccinated would need yearly booster shots, which is not possible. ... said Chris Rosenberry, a biologist and head of the Game Commission deer and elk division. [Gonacon and PZP are approved by the appropriate federal agency and have commonly been applied, Deer Birth Control, Contraception, see case examples at lower left of page]

Unusual deer, unusual circumstances February 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Blogs
... about one third of the does in wildlife management unit 2G are 6.5-years-old or older, and that one was 13.5-years-old.  More recently, they learned of two old deer living in western Pennsylvania. Both were does trapped and collared in 2003, one near Echo, another near Kittanning. Both are still alive and – at a minimum – 13.5 years old...

Data: The hard winter in 2013-14 reduced populations that had generally been stable to increasing into 2013.   In 2014 and 2015, the Game Commission reduced doe deer licenses in an effort to grow the herd.  In 2011 the deer population was estimated at between 1.3 and 1.5 million by the Pennsylvania Game Commission or about 1.37 million. The deer population was estimated at 1.2 million in 2010, 1.1 million in 2008,  1.4 million in 2002,  to 1.5 million in 2000.  Population estimates have been a matter of public controversy. The deer harvest rose 3 percent in 2013 to 352.900, 38% were antlered deer. Of the bucks taken, 47 percent were 1.5 years old.  To boost the population in WMU 4C (portions of Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties) PGC has restricted antlerless permits in 2014.  2015 Deer Population Report from PGC
     According to the Nature Tourism project, the deer population grew from 1.2 million deer in 2006 to 1.6 million in 2011. After antler restrictions on hunters were introduced in 2002, the observed ratio of button bucks to adult bucks dropped from 15-to-1 in the winter of 2002 to 2-to-1 in 2004. Yearling buck survival has increased from 15 to 52 percent, harvest of adult bucks has increased from 20 to 50 percent. The observed ratio of adult doe to adult bucks fell from 14-to-1 to 2-to-1 over that period. 90 percent of all deer are conceived between mid-October and mid-December.  About 750,000 deer hunters.  Hunting license sales peaked in 1982 at 1.3 million, 952,989 sold in 2013.  Hunting sucess about 33 percent in 2013.
    Chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania was first discovered in the wild herd in 2013 in Bedford and Blair counties . First detected in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams county.  Pennsylvania has 1,127 deer farms.
     In the early 1900's. the Pennsylvania deer population was so low that the Game Commission began stocking deer in 1906.  Does were protected from 1907 until 1928 to boost the population.  In 1923 minimum 2 points to an antler or 6-inch spike was required for a buck.  in 1938 the buck season is closed, only antlerless deer are legal.  In 1986, there were 1,000,000 deer hunters in Pennsylvania.  In 2013 are around 740,000 deer hunters.  Since antler restrictions were enacted in Pennsylvania in 2002, yearling buck survival has increased from 15 to 52 percent, while harvest of adult bucks has increased from 20 to 50 percent.
     The Elk population was eliminated in the late 1800s.  The last far eastern elk was killed in 1869.  Between 1913 and 1926 the Game Commission released 177 elk.  In 1998 a three year long trap and transfer program expanded the elk's range.  The elk herd has grown from roughly 65 in 1971 to about 800 in 2011.
     An estimated 18,000 bears in 2013, probably a little higher in 2014.

Report Poaching:   Call the Game Commission at 814-643-1831.  Callers can remain anonymous and there may be a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Other useful links:
Deer Management Plan: "Pennsylvania's Constitution and Game and Wildlife Code direct the Game Commission to protect, manage, and preserve wildlife and their habitat . . . for the benefit of all people, including generations yet to come."

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