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Want a Deer Hunt in Your Yard?

Lower Merion residents can apply to have their properties included in this winter's deer culling, the police superintendent said at Wednesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Lower Merion Township will spend an extra day on deer culling this winter compared to last year’s program, Police Superintendent Michael McGrath said at the Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday night.

Hunters will target deer, particularly does, on two days in November, two days in December and two days in January, with the goal of reducing deer encounters on township roads.

Last year’s five-day program netted 42 deer—25 does and 17 bucks—at a cost of about $15,000.

In the previous two years, the township spent more days culling and got more results:

  • 2009: Eight days, 119 deer (79 does, 40 bucks), cost $21,000
  • 2010: 13 days, 127 deer (86 does, 41 bucks), cost $30,000

McGrath said residents who want culling to take place on their properties can ask police to visit and decide whether culling would be suitable there. Since 2009, 63 private parcels have been included in the culling area.

michael October 06, 2012 at 10:28 AM
oh yeah , just what we need - people on thier cell phones with a gun in thier hand!
Laura October 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM
You might have been just joking, but know that they use a professional shooters. Safe angles of fire are all determined in advance. Shooting takes place before dawn. My understanding is that last year, they used exactly one more bullet than they had clean hits, meaning that the shooters missed their targets exactly once. This has been a very successful program.
dave October 06, 2012 at 09:01 PM
And driving a car and a cell is safer?
evelyn October 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I am all for it. The deer have eaten my new shrubs for a costly sum. We have tried the nice way to get rid of them. It is not working. They visit us nightly. Now is the time to call in the professionals! evelyn
Barbara HInkle October 07, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Anybody in the township hear of birth control. How cruel. What's next, feral cats?

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