The shooting has stopped in Mt. Lebanon. A program designed to reduce the municipality’s deer population ended today with an unofficial count of 115 animals killed by professional sharpshooters. Spokeswoman Susan Morgans said no shooting incidents or mishaps related to the bait-and-shoot were reported. The program was held on public lands and private properties with the owners’ permission.
A state Game Commission special permit authorized nonprofit wildlife management organization White Buffalo to continue the program through March, but unseasonably warm weather and the early arrival of flora made deer less likely to be attracted to bait.
A 2015-16 controlled archery hunt also conducted by White Buffalo removed 104 deer.
In the coming weeks, municipal officials are expected to decide if and how to proceed with their stated goal of reducing deer-vehicle collisions by 50 percent in five years. Ms. Morgans said she was uncertain about the frequency of data collection regarding road-kill removal and police reports of deer-related traffic accidents.
A hearing is scheduled April 11 in Mt. Lebanon’s appeal of resident Elaine Gillen’s Open Records challenge of the municipality’s refusal to disclose the addresses and names of property owners who participated in the controlled archery hunt.