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Horsham May Consider Deer Control Measures

Excessive grazing and deer-related crashes may lead Horsham to consider a controlled deer hunt on township property.

More deer are eating - and dying - in Horsham than in years past, officials said.

After a resident shared with the Horsham Township Council that deer have wreaked havoc on his property's vegetation, the governing body agreed that herds milling about the township have grown as compared to previous years.

"The deer that are hit by the cars on the side of the road, it increases every year," Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker told the resident. 

According to State Farm Insurance, the likelihood of those deer-related crashes are increasing at a fever pitch. The company estimates that 2.4 million collisions between deer and vehicles occurred in the U.S. during the two-year period between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2009.

In Horsham, between 55 and 65 vehicle crashes per year involve deer, according to Horsham Police Lt. Jon Clark. From Dec. 1, 2011 through the end of November 2012, Clark said 47 accidents involving deer were reported. During the previous year ranging from Dec. 1, 2010 through Dec. 1, 2011, 50 were reported and the two previous years 59 and 62 were reported, according to Clark. 

Council President Mark McCouch acknowledged that the township has a deer "problem."

"I guess we will have to address it at some point," McCouch said. "Stay tuned."

Walker said deer grazing has not yet become problematic at Horsham's more than 800 acres of parks and open space. If that changes, Walker said a controlled deer hunt at one of the several township-owned parcels, including the Strawbridge property, Cedar Hill Road Park, or the Hearne property could be an option.

"There are parcels that are big enough," Walker said of a controlled hunt. "I'm not saying we're going to have one."

Click here to read State Farm's tips for avoiding a collision with deer.

Mr Smith December 04, 2012 at 04:12 PM
You people are a joke! Save Bambi? LOL The deer destroy everything i plant in my yard too...no matter what it is.........there are too many of them period!!!I love animals too and I also like to eat them. Are you going to pay for all these fences to put all around my house? Wait till one runs into your car, we'll see how lovable you think the fur ball is then!
K. Thom. December 06, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Time for public land to be usable to the whole public including hunters. When misguided people close all lands to hunting the animal population gets out of control and unhealthy. Thw deers biggest predator is humans whether in a car or in camo. Time to open the hunt for archery for all residents with hunting licenses and tags not some organization and not just the connected few like township employees and the like.
Concerned in Horsham December 08, 2012 at 05:38 PM
There definitely is an increase in the deer population in Horsham and it will continue to grow if they are not managed. You cannot continue to kill their habitat and expect that they will just go away. There are plenty of hunters who reside in Horsham that would help alleviate the situtation correctly and humanely. If some of the large property owners and the township could come to terms with thinning the herd this would be an issue. An truthfully, when the fences come down at the base things are going to get much worse.
william helstrom January 09, 2013 at 03:05 AM
is this a controled hunt i am a deer bucther in langhorne who donatesa lot of meat each year if any one would like to donate the deer they shoot i can be reached @ 215-757-9798 or cell@215-932-4896 thank you Bill Helstrom
william helstrom January 09, 2013 at 03:09 AM
hey Chris i am a deer bucther if u need help with cutting the deer up let me know @215-757-9798

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