Monday, August 17, 2015

Deer killing informational meeting #2

The second meeting to recruit residents who wish to donate their properties for killing deer was held this evening. It was the same presentation as the one given on Saturday. I asked Keith McGill, prior to the meeting, if Mt. Lebanon was recording the meeting. He said that "It was decided not to record the meeting." Then he clarified "It, not me." The podcast has been uploaded and is available on my website.

Things I learned tonight:
  • There is no goal of 100 deer, as we were told by the commissioners. There is no cap. There is no minimum.
  • If a child sees a deer dying, it should be handled as a teaching moment.
  • We're at the top of the food chain.
  • Everyone is responsible for killing deer, even vegetarians. Farmers kill animals to protect the crops which vegetarians eat. If we fly on an airplane, animals are killed on the runways and in the air. (Approximately at the 1:08:00 time stamp)
  • There is no way to stop poachers.
  • When Jody Maddock interviewed archers, he never asked the ones who admitted to hunting deer in Mt. Lebanon if they were observing the 50 yard safety zones. It wasn't any of his business.
  • Of the 60+ private properties , about "ten-ish" qualify.
  • There will be a count given to us at the end of the archery season.
  • There were no commissioners at either meeting. The only staff member in attendance at both meetings was Municipal Planner Keith McGill. On Saturday, Former Finance Director Marcia Taylor volunteered her property.
  • One resident asked if permission from neighbors must be obtained every year. Maddock said no. Keith McGill said yes. He said that approximately 600 homes are sold every year in Mt. Lebanon, so yes.
  • Saturday's presentation was more graphic. Maddock toned it down this evening.
  • Jody Maddock said that I was very nice on Saturday. I replied that I'm always nice. Michalina laughed. In fact, it brought a smile to the faces of all the haters.
  • John Hayes was not there this evening.
About the same amount of people attended tonight as they did on Saturday. 


Anonymous said...

These people may be at the top of the food chain but they are at the bottom of the morally evolved.

Anonymous said...

If they aren't observing the 50 yard safety zone is it fair to say they won't be observing the 15 yard shooting zone either?

Nick M.

E. T. Gillen said...

If there is no cap of 100 deer, then I guess the question that needs to be asked is how many tags are being purchased for this hunt. There couldn't possibly be any deer left after five months of killing.

E. T. Gillen said...

I forgot to add that Jody Maddock said that this is just part of the plan. I can't remember if he said sharpshooting, but when a resident mentioned sterilization, he started to get very defensive. When we mention safety, what we are really saying is that we like deer, according to Maddock.
Elaine, who is NOT looking forward to five months of sleepless nights, followed by another three or four months more of guns in Mt. Lebanon.

E. T. Gillen said...

I heard from a former Mt. Lebanon person tonight. It appears that there are refugees from Mt Lebanon in this southern state already. Coincidently, they all met during school orientation. Now they think it's normal for families to flee Mt Lebanon. Words of advice to me:
"Sigh. This is a nightmare town, Elaine. Take lots of breaks from this if you can. I can't imagine it getting much worse."


Anonymous said...

ATTENTION REALTORS: If the municipal government continues on this deadly path of destruction, more than 600 houses will be sold in Mt. Lebanon each year. Are you ready to find unsuspecting, out-of-town families to buy all those houses?
Good luck.

The Mt. Lebanon real estate market is going down the toilet.