Ross Township Stares at Deer Problem

Commissioner Favors Controlled Archery Hunt

Joe DeStio
February 24, 2020 - 4:28 pm

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Ross Township, PA (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Ross Township in Pittsburgh's North Hills has become the latest community to try to do something about controlling a growing deer population.

There have been 716 deer-vehicle collisions since 2015 according to a study for the township. A recent survey shows between 70 and 85 percent of residents in some areas of Ross say they have a deer problem.

Ross Commissioner Dan DeMarco has organized an informational meeting for Tuesday night at the Municipal Center.
DeMarco is upfront about what he thinks should be done.

"I feel the best, most effective way to approach the problem is through a carefully managed deer cull, an archery hunt," said DeMarco.

It was DeMarco who pushed through the current ban on feeding deer in the township.
"I know there's people  who have other opinions and certainly I want to hear those opinions."

State Game Commission wildlife officer Zeb Campbell will also answer residents' questions. The meeting starts at 7 pm.

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