USDA APHIS Wildlife Services has delivered their deer count and their lethal “plan” to deal with the deer.  Please call the township manager, Paul Leonard, to review this information which is available to the public on upperdublin.net, UD police department file deer management.   Also ask the manager to have the speed limits on Limekiln Pike and Susquehanna Road reduced in addition to Dreshertown Road to be more in line with other adjacent townships.

  • Looks like the Zoning Board Hearing is 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. Now the gods of UD will get it.
  • The budget for 2018 is available for viewing at the township building – call township 215 – 643 – 1600
  • The Budget Committee meeting vote for 2018 budget on December 12, 2017.
  • $19,000 for deer sharp shooting to pay USDA WS for 2018 is added under the General Fund.  Please call your commissioners to oppose this budget addition.
  • Taxes are to be increased by 5%.
  • Bow hunting is in recess until December 26.  Anyone seen hunting now is doing it illegally and should be reported to the township police and Paul Leonard, Township Manager 215 – 643- 1600 .
  • Calls to police regarding deer related incidents are up — mainly because 6  open spaces have been expanded to 10 for 2016/17.  These are 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.
  • When the deer are running for their lives because an archer on a tree stand is in the woods, deer do not take their normal, proven, safe pathways – they just run and then are blamed for deer/car collisions.
  • The Township wants to reduce deer/car collisions and calls to police by half.  Please  tell the township manager to reduce speed limits to be more in line with two adjacent townships, introduce traffic calming surfaces/infrastructure to all of the Township and by police issuing tickets.
  • The Township allows highway speeds of 45 mi/hr on two roads and 40 mi/hr on a small, dark country road which is not in line with two other townships.
  • Archery is a form of recreational hunting rather than 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.
  • Some people don’t know that UD’s “deer management program” began in 2009 as a pilot program and has continued since.
  •  Archery hunting begins the last quarter of the year and all of January in the new year.
  • Four schools are either adjacent, across or near the 14 hunt approved open spaces.
  • Whether the archery hunt does any good to control the deer population is unknown.
  • 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 respect nature, natural places and animals they see.
  • They are delighted when coming upon a snake sun bathing or on very rare occasions even seeing a deer hidden by the trees.  Lets keep it sacred for all.
  • But sadly, there now is deer hunting 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?

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.
  • 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.