Friday, November 10, 2006

Mt. Lebanon May Start Culling Deer

From last Saturday's Tribune-Review:

Deer are so pervasive in Mt. Lebanon that resident Thomas M. Brown has taken to naming the ones he sees over and over, including "Limpy," the deer with the broken leg. While driving on three occasions, Brown also nearly hit a deer.

"I've had several close calls," said Brown, 57, who supports a proposed "controlled hunt" to reduce the number of deer.

If municipal commissioners agree, deer culling -- in which officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture use food to lure deer to a designated area and then shoot them -- could begin in January, Public Works Director Thomas G. Kelley said.

At the Nov. 27 municipal meeting, Mt. Lebanon leaders will discuss a final deer management report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services Division.

"There's a cost associated with it, no doubt," Kelley said about a deer culling program. The per-deer charge is anywhere from $91 to $310, paid for by taxpayers, he said.

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