Green Tree residents want stronger deer controls

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Some Green Tree residents on Monday called for stronger deer controls in the nearly 5,000-person borough, but Mayor Edward Schenck was quick to respond.

"There's no easy answer to deer problems," he said, adding that culling remains controversial.

But residents like Carol Trexler of Forest Drive, whose car was struck by a deer last Thursday on Greentree Road, fear someone will be seriously injured or killed by a deer. Records should be kept of such incidents, she added.

"Everybody loves Bambi until Bambi hurts someone," she said.

Though he called deer culling controversial, Mr. Schenck pointed out that the borough has joined in a deer sterilization program initiated by Mt. Lebanon.

"Maybe we need to revisit a deer ordinance, too," he added.

When Mayor Schenck asked for suggestions, Ms. Trexler said that deer feeding should not be permitted and that those caught doing so should get more than a slap on the wrist.

"I would be in favor of having [the deer] humanely killed," she said, noting that is done in North Park.

Aldo Colautti of Sheldon Avenue said he almost hit a deer on a borough street on a recent night and once "was held prisoner at my door."

However, some officials said a higher agency should deal with deer issues, which they contend has become a regional concern.

"I think this is a state matter," said manager David Montz. "People need to contact their state representatives [about deer and] people need to learn how to manage deer in a suburban area."

The cost to sterilize a deer is $1,000.

Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:

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