DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM SUSPENDED
Mt. Lebanon’s Deer Management Archery Program will not take place this season because all antlerless deer tags are sold out in Allegheny County. All deer management programs must be approved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, according to Commission President Kristen Linfante, and the Game Commission requires archery to be included in any plan.
The deer management program is designed to reduce the deer population and thus reduce deer/vehicular collisions. The archery portion of the program—which is only one of several planned deer management initiatives—was to have operated December 26-January 24 in three municipal parks and on the municipal golf course. It would have allowed municipal employees, all experienced hunters who were licensed and had obtained antlerless deer tags from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to bow hunt on their own time and at no charge.
The Municipal Commission has allocated $68,000 for a deer management program and has discussed the most effective methods of deer management for months. It was only on December 9, however, that the commission decided on the specific areas where the hunt would take place and authorized the police chief to move forward with the archery plan. By the time the hunters were recruited and certified for the program, all antlerless deer licenses were sold out in Wildlife Management Unit 2B, which includes Allegheny County.
The archery program is the first step in a deer management program for Mt. Lebanon that also might include the trap and euthanize strategy and deer sterilization. An application for a permit that would allow any and all of those strategies currently is under review by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Documents regarding deer management in Mt. Lebanon can be found by clicking: HERE