The most disappointing part of Mt. Lebanon’s deer management program that ended abruptly last week was “the divisiveness and mean-spirited rhetoric” that split the community, commissioners said at their meeting Monday night.
“For the good of the community, we must try to reset the dialogue,” President John Bendel read from a letter at the meeting.
But opponents of the program said there is still work to be done.
They again lined Washington Road before the commission’s discussion session and subsequent meeting.
The deer population in Valley Forge Park was cut in half (approximately) when the herd was reduced by sharpshooters starting in November. Estimates put the deer herd in the park at 1,277 animals. The eventual goal is the have less than 200 deer in the park.
Despite lawsuits from animal rights activists, the culling was carried out over sixteen nights starting in November 2010. The overabundance of deer was damaging the forest growth and crowding out other animal species in the park.