Whitetail Deer Management Information
Hunting in the Borough
Safety Zone: “A safety zone for firearm hunters is the area within 150 yards of an occupied residence, camp, industrial or commercial building, farm house or farm building, school or playground. That distance is reduced to 50 yards for archery hunters. If a Hunter is trespassing on your property, call your local police or the state police for assistance; they enforce trespassing laws.” Learn more about hunting safety laws from the Pennsylvania Game Commission - State Wildlife Management Agency.
The Interest of Hunting for the Borough
The question of deer management was first brought before Council in April of 2009. In 2014 the issue was introduced again. The Borough has faced and will face many issues resulting from deer overpopulation including; vehicle collisions, disease, ticks, destruction of property, illegal poaching, possible deer starvation and the desire to maintain a healthy and balanced ecosystem.
Because some residents have expressed concern about the affects of deer overpopulation and have shown an interest in the legal harvesting of deer on their properties, the Borough has an interest in encouraging the safest form of hunting activities as possible.
No individual hunters or hunting associations will be formally invited into the Borough and no hunting will be permitted on Borough-owned property at this time. Any decisions regarding deer and deer management on private property are entirely the responsibility of the property owner. For more information on hunting in the Borough, please contact the Borough office at 724-935-2990
Tips for Tick Bite Prevention
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Learn more about the threat of ticks and prevention from the Center for Disease Control.
Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
- Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin
- Use repellents that contain 20% to 30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
- Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washing's. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
- Use any additional repellents registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Find & Remove Ticks From Your Body
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
- Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
- Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
- Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks. (Some research suggests that shorter drying times may also be effective, particularly if the clothing is not wet.)