Deer Management Update (February 17, 2016)
- Botstiber Foundation letter re: Deer Sterilization Research Project
- PA Game Commission Response re: Deer Sterilization Research Project
Deer Management Update (February 4, 2016)
- 2015/2016 Archery Deer Management Program Report
Deer Management Update (January 21, 2016)
White Buffalo Inc. will conduct a deer cull using trained sharpshooters. The following documents review the sharpshooting cull taking place from February 1 through March 31, 2016.
Deer Management Update (January 13, 2016)
The following documents contain updated information regarding deer management:
- PowerPoint presentation by Dr. DeNicola on January 12, 2016 at Commission Meeting
- Amended permit from the PA Game Commission to allow the placement of bait beginning January 24, 2016 and sharpshooting to begin February 1, 2016.
- Humane Society response regarding Deer Fertility Control Project
Deer Management Update (January 5, 2016)
The following documents contain updated information regarding deer management:
- Amended Permit
- Archery Harvest Breakdown 2015-2016
- Deer V. Vehicle Crash by month (1-1-13 - 12-14-15) updated
- DeNicola response to resident questions (12-23-15)
- WB Sharpshooting protocols
- WBI Sharpshooting Summary 12 Jan 2016
Deer Management Update (December 11, 2015)
Mt. Lebanon has received its deer control/political subdivision permit from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The permit will allow the municipality to proceed with Phase Two of the 2015-2016 deer management program pending final approval by the Commission in January. During Phase Two, scheduled to run from February 1, 2016, to March 1, 2016, White Buffalo Inc. will conduct a deer cull using trained sharpshooters on designated public land and on donated private properties.
The Game Commission permit along with answers to Frequently Asked Questions appear here. The FAQ will be updated as plans move forward, if appropriate. View a copy of the permit.
Deer Management Update (November 23, 2015)
View locations where deer signs have been installed.
Deer Management Update (October 27, 2015)
DRIVE CAREFULLY; WATCH FOR DEER
Deer are active this time of year. Please stay safe and help Mt. Lebanon reduce deer0vehicular crashes by following the suggestions of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and PennDOT. Visit their websites below:
DRIVERS USE CAUTION: WHITETAILS ON BLACKTOP
Pennsylvania Game Commission Advises Motorists to Watch For Deer
Deer Management Update (October 8, 2015)Below
see the sharp shooting RFP issued by the municipality as well as the
response received from White Buffalo Inc. This issue will be discussed
at the Commission Discussion Session on October 13, 2015.
- Request for Proposals For a White-tailed Deer Management Program
- Utilizing Sharpshooting within the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon
Responses from White Buffalo Inc.
Below is the information that White Buffalo presented to the Commission at the September 8th discussion session detailing the process utilized in screening and selecting the archers participating in the deer management archery program approved by the Commission as well as other program details.
For the approved public areas; The conservation area at Connor and Terrace, the wooded portions of the public golf course, Twin Hills Park, the McNeilly Road park property and Robb Hollow Park and public works section of Robb Hollow Park, only archers who are also police officers are authorized to hunt in these public areas.
The stated goal of the Commission is to reduce deer vehicular collisions by 50% over the next 5 years. That said, an overabundance of deer create issues related to the under story and general environmental health of our parks and open spaces.
a public meeting on September 8, 2015, the Mt. Lebanon Commission
authorized a Deer Management Program archery management program. For
additional information please read our Frequently Asked Questions related to deer management. Also available for review is the notification sent to the School District regarding Deer Management.
Deer Management Update (September 17, 2015)
Buffalo Inc, the wildlife management firm hired to screen, train and
manage archers who will conduct a bow hunt this fall, has concluded
recruiting hunters. The archers, who will hunt up to 12 hours a week,
were required to show experience through harvest verification and will
need to have a Bow Hunter Education Certification before they can begin.
Applicants who made an inquiry to White Buffalo by July 28 will be sent
Deer Management Update (August 25, 2015)
White Buffalo Inc. has enough properties in the pipeline to proceed with the hunt. At this point they are only considering properties with a minimum of one acre, or properties that are near ravines, power lines, or other areas with at least 1/2 acre of woods or heavy vegetation. Informational meetings were held in the commission chamber of the municipal building Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m. and Monday, August 17, at 7 p.m. View the presentation here. Residents also may contact White Buffalo directly by emailing email@example.com (please add to your address book to avoid responses going to spam) or applying online at http://www.whitebuffaloinc.org/#!contact/c1z0x. Please type "Mt. Lebanon Archery Program" in the subject line of the online form and complete the rest of the information requested. Properties in dense residential areas with few trees will not be suitable for the program. Please do not contact Mt. Lebanon Municipality directly.
White Buffalo representatives plan to attend the September 8 commission discussion meeting at 6:30 to describe the final program, including the backgrounds of the manager and hunters, the number of public and private properties to be used and the safety procedures that will be required. Click here to review the contract detailing the June 30, 2015 deer management proposal.
following are the PowerPoint documents that were presented at the
Commissioner work session and discussion on a goal to improve Deer
Management held on Monday June 22, 2015 at the Mount Lebanon High School
Fine Arts Theater. The PowerPoint presentations are best utilized as
supporting materials to be viewed in conjunction with the video
recording of the meeting, which can be viewed by clicking the following
link: View the June 22nd Work Session Video 1. General Overview of Deer Management
in Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair- Brief history, reports/statistics,
deer/vehicular collisions, (Keith McGill, Municipal Planner)
Deer PowerPoint Presentations
2. General problems with deer, Pennsylvania Game Commission approach, where to get accurate info, need for a management plan and why deer numbers are not appropriate for management decisions in these areas. (Jeannine Fleegle, Wildlife Biologist, Pennsylvania Game Commission)
3. Development of a deer management plan and discussion of suburban “managed hunts” utilizing recreational archers (Jody Maddock, Director of Campus Services Bryn Athyn College)
4. Sterilization/Contraception, costs/issues, status of response to previous PGC questions and other deer management issues. (Dr Anthony DeNicola, Founder/President, White Buffalo Inc.)
The first of three special sessions where the Commission will review and refine its goals is Monday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon High School Fine Arts Theater. The topic is deer management. Other sessions will be Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m. on pedestrian/vehicle safety (location to be announced) and on Saturday, August 8, at 8:30 a.m. on financial trends/public outreach (location to be announced). All meetings will be taped and webcast the following day.
Earlier this year, the Commission agreed to make these four topics high priorities. The purpose of these special sessions is to allow the Commissioners to have in-depth conversations about complex topics and give invited experts adequate time to serve as resources.
The June 22 meeting on deer management will feature several speakers who are considered to be experts in various methods of deer management that have been used in Pennsylvania or might be considered for use here in the future,
Please note: These are work sessions. The public is welcome to attend and listen, but there will be NO OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. Residents may comment on any of the issues at regularly scheduled commission meetings.