A controlled hunt will be conducted in the next six months by the Park Service staff at Gettysburg Battlefield and the Eisenhower National Historic Site to thin the deer herd by about 150 animals. The population spiked recently to 80 animals per square mile. The goal is 25 animals per square mile.
The hunt will be conducted at night and in areas closed to the public. The venison will be donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg. A portion of that will return to Adams County. Last year 17,000 pounds of venison was donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
An overabundance in the deer population can prevent forest regeneration and stress the ecosystem. They cause damage to private property, farms, fields and can interfere with overall park management.
Harleysville had a large loss in second quarter this fiscal year.
An interesting side note – the same man who founded Harleysville Insurance Company also founded Harleysville National Bank. Harleysville National Bank recently merged with Buffalo, NY based First Niagara. What a sad coincidence it would be if this company succumbed to an out-of-state merger and disappeared as well.
Considering the earthquake, tornadoes, flooding, drought, excessive heat and stink bugs, York County‘s apple crop could end up having a banner year. Many fruits and vegetables did not fare well this summer with the erratic weather. However, the apple crop has been unaffected. The rain has kept the stink bugs at bay. One York County apple grower referred to her crop as “tremendous”.
Adjoining Adams County is the number one fruit producing county in the state. Experts fear that climate change could limit apple production to the northern counties of Pennsylvania by mid-century.