Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Lebanon Sharpshooting Ends Early

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Lebanon Sharpshooting Ends Early

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The sharpshooters of Mt. Lebanon stopped at 55 deer when spring-like weather made baiting stations ineffective.

The rifle cull on select private and public land was licensed by the state Game Commission to run through March 31, but the shooting stopped after just seven days, Feb. 16-22, when commissioners and animal control contractor White Buffalo agreed that diminished sightings warranted an early end.

Municipal spokeswoman Susan Morgans said ending the cull early "was the fiscally responsible decision."

The controlled archery phase ended with the closing of the hunting season Jan. 28 with 16 deer killed on public land and 17 taken on private properties, a lower number than expected.

In all, the 2016-17 controlled archery hunt and sharpshooting cull removed 91 deer. …

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