Monday, November 28, 2011

Trib: Mt. Lebanon Board rethinks deer culling program

The days of deer peacefully grazing in Mt. Lebanon may end next year.

In discussions of the budget for 2012, the Mt. Lebanon Board of Commissioners has penciled in about $66,000 for deer: $16,000 for a study of their numbers and density in the municipality, and $50,000 for a culling -- or professional hunting -- program.

A similar program was conducted from 2007 to 2008, ending amid residents' concerns over sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services hunting the deer with night-vision equipment and high-powered rifles. The commissioners and residents resurrected the issue this month during the budget-making process.

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