. USDA Wildlife Services will begin their extermination of the deer of Upper Dublin on Monday, February 26 and will continue until Saturday, March 31, 2018 on four nights of the USDA’s choosing. They will not reveal where and when these shoots will happen, because they do not want interference. What are they afraid of?
- In the 2016 – 2017 season, 35 deer were taken by archery in Upper Dublin. It took 1,306 hours to kill them in 10 open spaces by 35 “hunters”. We are awaiting the results for the 2017 – 2018 season any day now. Even so, how does USDA WS estimate of 700 resident deer make any sense at all?
. USDA will deliver the deer bodies to “Stuff It” Taxidermy in Aston, PA for processing using our tax dollars. Just think of the chemicals that preserve dead animals possibly permeating the lifeless deer who’s meat is to feed Philabundance hunger relief organization’s 30% disadvantaged children, old people and prisoners. Philabundance states that it is a proud member of Feeding America on a mission to make nutritious food accessible to all. However, it is entirely possible they feed lead bullet contaminated meat making their good intentions a sham.
. The commissioners nor police said anything about the lead bullet fragments possibly found in 60% of ground deer meat that is donated in accordance to PA Game Commission permit. Just because the Game Commission says the meat has to be donated, does it make it right? Is donating contaminated deer meat to disadvantaged children a moral thing to do?
. The USDA WS will be paid $12,400+ for shooting about 85 deer if they get that many in 4 days. “Stuff It Taxidermy” will be paid about $80/deer weighing 61 to 100 lbs., disemboweled. That should take care of most of the $19,000 in the budget for the lethal removal of the Deer of Upper Dublin for 2018. But this only the beginning.
. Please call your commissioners right away to express your disapproval.
. Ask your commissioner to have speed limits on Limekiln Pike and Susquehanna Road reduced in addition to Dreshertown Road to be more in line with other adjacent townships. Lowering speed limits should reduce deer/car collisions.
- Bow hunting has, thankfully, ended for 2017/2018.
- Calls to police regarding deer related incidents are up — mainly because 6 open spaces have been expanded to 14 hunting spaces for 2017/18 season. These areas are merely slivers of land from where deer escape any which way from the fear of the “predator” in the woods.
- As per State Farm Insurance, when the deer are running for their lives because an archer on a tree stand is in the woods, they do not take their normal, proven pathways – they just run. Then they are blamed for all car collisions.
- Archery is a form of recreational hunting and not a way of reducing the deer herd. “Making sport of killing is not healthy human behavior,” Jim Robertson.
- If you see an unattended tree stand still up in our open spaces, please call Officer Madrak at 215) 646-2101 and let this page know. Unattended tree stands are very dangerous for adults and inquisitive children who just want to see what the world looks like at 15′ from the ground.
- Four schools are either adjacent, across or near the 14 hunt approved open spaces.
- Lethal reduction of deer, pushed by The Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society of PA, the PA Land Trust, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and others, drown out people who favor handling deer populations by non-lethal means.
- Robbins Park, our nature center and a major exception to above, is run by wonderful people for our school children, and those who enjoy a walk in the woods.
- At Robbins Park, children are taught to respect nature, natural places and animals they see.
- But sadly, 2 deer were shot near 309 expressway in Robbins Park because deer go though this corridor. Instead these corridors should remain open for deer to escape the township. How can we teach children to love and respect wildlife and nature, when we allow our Township to destroy life in such a violent way?
- Looks like the commissioners are giving their OK to Cure Medical Marijuana Dispensary from Colorado regardless of the floodplain problem, broken culvert, narrow sidewalk and a very busy car wash next door to the property. The plan is to add 11 ft. in height to the footprint of the closed gas station with steps/ramps added to reach the first floor which will tower every building on UD side of Pennsylvania Avenue. If this isn’t setting a precedent, what is?
What we believe
- We want to raise residents’ awareness that lethal deer hunts occur in Upper Dublin.
- We ask our commissioners to suspend the next deer hunt for one year Sept. 2017 to September 2018 to assess the deer population.
- Hunting is inherently dangerous regarding our children, residents and hunters themselves.
- Hunting scares deer to take any way out of harm and cause deer/car collisions.
- Hunters represent only a tiny portion of Township residents and may not even be residents.
- Current and near future Township over – developmental construction encourages deer to migrate away.
- We want to engage our residents so they attend meetings with our commissioners.
- We want to encourage non-lethal ways of handling our deer population.