Deer cull program in Pittsburgh suburb draws protesters

Deer

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. (AP) – Opponents of a western Pennsylvania municipality’s deer-culling program are calling on officials to come up with what they call “more humane” options for dealing with the deer population.

More than two dozen protesters took to the streets Saturday afternoon in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Lebanon to oppose the plan to bait, corral and kill deer.

Mount Lebanon commissioners recently voted to spend up to $75,000 per year on the management program. Officials expect about 150 deer to be killed by the end of the month.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission approved the plan, which advocates call a needed effort to cut down on car crashes and neighborhood nuisances.

The protesters suggest other methods such as injection, sterilization, deer-resistant shrubs and better signs to warn motorists about the wildlife.

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