Oh Deer

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During the summer of 2020, a questionnaire about deer management went out to all residents in the McCandless Town Crier. A very positive 868 responses (approx. 1 out of every 14 households) responded with their thoughts.

The response

81% of respondents agreed there is a deer problem and want to consider a comprehensive Deer Management Program and/or a “Do Not Feed” ordinance. The majority of this group responded they “strongly agree.” Lyme disease and ticks were cited most often as problems. 8% did not agree with any program or a “Do Not Feed” rule. The remaining 11% were uncertain about what should be done or did not express sentiment either way. Commonly asked questions were what would be the details of such a program and how would they be enforced.

Coinciding with this, Town Council heard a presentation on deer and surrounding issues at its August 24 meeting (see the video and PowerPoint of this presentation to the right).

What now?

Given all of this, McCandless has begun to explore a program along the lines of the ones in Ross Township and Franklin Park and will be providing additional information as it is developed.

Overpopulation of Deer presentation

Held on February 16, 2021, this Zoom event featured a panel of experts discussing the overpopulation of deer in the area and how you can help manage them in our community. Click here to check out the presentation.

Deer feeding ordinance

On March 8, 2021, Town Council adopted an ordinance tentatively identified Ordinance No. 1513, amending the Codified Ordinances of the Town of McCandless at Article 701, Animals, to regulate the feeding of deer within the Town. Click here to read the adopted ordinance.

Suburban Whitetail Management

On March 22, 2021, Town Council will hear a presentation from Suburban Whitetail Management and discuss a possible Comprehensive Deer Management program. Click here to see this presentation.

Meanwhile, if you are seeing a lot of deer in McCandless (whether on your property or when you are out and about), check out the deer sighting map below.

During the summer of 2020, a questionnaire about deer management went out to all residents in the McCandless Town Crier. A very positive 868 responses (approx. 1 out of every 14 households) responded with their thoughts.

The response

81% of respondents agreed there is a deer problem and want to consider a comprehensive Deer Management Program and/or a “Do Not Feed” ordinance. The majority of this group responded they “strongly agree.” Lyme disease and ticks were cited most often as problems. 8% did not agree with any program or a “Do Not Feed” rule. The remaining 11% were uncertain about what should be done or did not express sentiment either way. Commonly asked questions were what would be the details of such a program and how would they be enforced.

Coinciding with this, Town Council heard a presentation on deer and surrounding issues at its August 24 meeting (see the video and PowerPoint of this presentation to the right).

What now?

Given all of this, McCandless has begun to explore a program along the lines of the ones in Ross Township and Franklin Park and will be providing additional information as it is developed.

Overpopulation of Deer presentation

Held on February 16, 2021, this Zoom event featured a panel of experts discussing the overpopulation of deer in the area and how you can help manage them in our community. Click here to check out the presentation.

Deer feeding ordinance

On March 8, 2021, Town Council adopted an ordinance tentatively identified Ordinance No. 1513, amending the Codified Ordinances of the Town of McCandless at Article 701, Animals, to regulate the feeding of deer within the Town. Click here to read the adopted ordinance.

Suburban Whitetail Management

On March 22, 2021, Town Council will hear a presentation from Suburban Whitetail Management and discuss a possible Comprehensive Deer Management program. Click here to see this presentation.

Meanwhile, if you are seeing a lot of deer in McCandless (whether on your property or when you are out and about), check out the deer sighting map below.

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Deer sighting map

6 months

Did you spot a group of deer in your yard today? How about along the side of the road (threatening to jump out into the road) when you were out and about? Place a pin on the map to show where you are seeing deer. You can even post a photo too!

**Please note that when you add a pin, the map does not automatically refresh. Trying to add a pin again may create duplicate entries. Please reload the project page and check the map before adding a second pin.**