Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Euthanized deer will not reproduce."

Those haunting words came from the PA Game Commission in their February 5, 2016 letter to Mt. Lebanon.

PA Game Commission Response re: Deer Sterilization Research Project

In a conversation that the PA Game Commission had with our state representative, the PAGC said, if you're going to capture the deer to sterilize them, you might as well kill them. They also told our state rep that it is a waste of money. Dan, not so gently, reminded them that it wasn't their money!

The Botsiber Foundation sent a letter to the Municipality on January 28, 2016 saying, "It's been fun, but we're done."

Close to three weeks later, MTL decided to post the letter and the PA Game Commission response on the website.

As usual, the PG's John Hayes leaked this out yesterday, before it showed up on the MTL website today.  Foundation pulls out of deer sterilization plan in Mt. Lebanon 

Finally, I received a response from someone at the municipal building about LeboALERTs. We don't want to share too much information with MT. Lebanon residents, now do we? I love how I heard nothing from the commissioners, but I did see that Kelly wished Nick a good day. How sweet. 


From: egillen476 <>
To: kfraasch <>; nschalles <>
Cc: commission <>; kmcgill <>
Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 11:25 am
Subject: Re: LeboALERT: Deer culling utilizi...

Yes, Nick. Thank you for responding to my email.


-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly Fraasch <>
To: Nicholas Schalles <>
Cc: egillen476 <>; commission <>; Keith Mcgill <>
Sent: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: LeboALERT: Deer culling utilizi...

Thanks Nick for answering the question.

Have a good day!

Sent from Kelly's iPhone, please excuse typos or auto-corrections.  

On Feb 17, 2016, at 10:20 AM, Nicholas Schalles <> wrote:
yes, we try to limit the character count to 160 characters. This is to allow 1 text message instead of several. Unfortunately some carriers split the texts anyways which is out of our control.


On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 9:54 AM, <> wrote:

Hi Nick,

This is my second request, so I figured I should just email you directly, since the commissioners tend to ignore most of my emails.

Is there a limit to the number of characters (such as Twitter) when sending out LeboALERTS?

Thanks in advance.

Elaine Gillen

-----Original Message-----
From: egillen476 <>
To: commission <>
Sent: Tue, Feb 16, 2016 4:55 pm
Subject: Fwd: LeboALERT: Deer culling utilizi...


Are LeboALERTS limited to so many characters, such as Twitter?

Elaine Gillen

-----Original Message-----
From: LeboALERT <>
To: EGillen476 <>
Sent: Tue, Feb 16, 2016 4:05 pm
Subject: LeboALERT: Deer culling utilizi...

This is an important notice from LeboALERT.

Deer culling utilizing sharpshooting will be conducted in February and March. Please visit for more info.


Nicholas Schalles
Manager of Information Technology
Mt. Lebanon Municipality
710 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(412) 440-2049 - Office
(412) 343-3456 - Helpdesk


E. T. Gillen said...

Love this comment that I received about the LeboALERT.

"That's AMAZING! Is this the Lebo Alert intended to inform the public of the use of high-powered rifles in yards from 4-11:00 PM, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, and in parks from 6-11 PM, M-F?!? REALLY???"

Yes, our arrogant local government is basically telling us, "In your face, Mt. Lebanon residents!"

Every day, it gets worse and worse. Boy, do I hope I win in court. I hope Amy Castor wins. I hope Scott Township wins. If not, we all lose.

E. T. Gillen said...

The commissioners just ignore me. I hope others start getting mad enough to say something to our local elected leaders.

Anonymous said...

I guess that takes Whitehall and any other PA community that Botstiber wanted to offer a grant to off the table. That's too bad.

Nick M.

Anonymous said...

My kids were comforted that they aren't killing deer in Twin Hills Park. Then I had to tell them that i don't know if there are neighbors of the park that are allowing sharpshooting.... like right next to the park. WTF.

Anonymous said...

I bet PGC refused this project, at least in part, because they fear it will reduce hunting opportunities. Let's face it: PA is obsessed with hunting and incidentally, cruelty to animals seems to be a growing, horrific problem in the state.

Barbara said...

So to summarize: why try something progressive when you can just kill them? Wow.

Anonymous said...

Elaine: I think there's a fire at Asbury Heights. Do u know if it is over now? It has been deemed serious. Started in elevator? #prayers