2011-08-04 / Local & State

Western Pa. Community Reconsiders Deer Feeding Ban

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A western Pennsylvania community is once again considering imposing a ban on feeding deer to deal with a surging population of the animals.

Commissioners in suburban Pittsburgh’s Ross Township narrowly rejected such a ban in 2008 but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says they are now revisiting the idea.

The ordinance would make it illegal to place “fruit, grain, mineral, salt, salt stick, vegetable or other material outdoors ... for the purpose of attracting or feeding deer.’’

Gary Fujak, a wildlife conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, says the deer feeding ban would be the first in the commonwealth.

He says that while the statewide deer population is down by one-quarter, the numbers have increased in Allegheny County.

Other communities have opted for legal hunts or expensive birth control methods.

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