Whitetail Deer Management

The absence of natural predators and ample food supply, along with the Whitetail Deer’s ability to reproduce relatively quickly, has resulted in an over-abundance of deer in many parts of the United States, including in Upper St. Clair, PA. This can cause everything from rather benign nuisance issues in yards and gardens to significant Township safety concerns, including aggressive deer, accelerated spread of Lyme disease, and potentially deadly deer-vehicle collisions. After considerable research and debate, including a public referendum, the Township initiated measures to appropriately manage its deer population (see 2003 Executive Report on Deer Management).

The Township invested considerable time and resources to understand deer management options and carefully evaluated lethal and non-lethal measures. Current non-lethal measures appear to be both expensive and ineffective at managing free-ranging deer populations. The Township continues its partnerships with Whitetail Management, the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services and the Pennsylvania Game Commission to safely and humanely manage the Township’s deer population. This includes special culling operations in February and March (though the USDA) and an archery program (through Whitetail Management) during the scheduled Whitetail Deer season determined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. It is important to note that all citizens and agents participating in these deer-control measures are highly trained in methods that ensure both the utmost public safety and humane management of the deer (see the 2015 USDA WS Report with 10+ year statistics).

In addition to the Township’s deer management efforts, residents can help by making their yards less attractive to Whitetail Deer. This Please Don’t Feed the Deer flier from the Pennsylvania Game Commission highlights the problems associated with feeding deer, including the spread of disease, unnatural and aggressive behavior, and the health risks of corn feed. Additionally, residents may benefit from enclosed gardens and deer-resistant plants.

Other yearly reports on Whitetail Deer management can be viewed below.



Department of Administration

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Hours
(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

P. 412-831-9000
(ext. 2190)

F. 412-831-9882

1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St.Clair, PA 15241

Accessibility contact for the Township Buildings: Mr. Jeremy Lemley, Buildings/Grounds Administrator at 412.831.9000, ext. 2660.

Deer Resources

There are many Internet sites which offer suggestions for plants that are somewhat resistant to deer damage. We have provided links to some of them below. The Township's Library has also compiled a list of their resources on this topic.

Sites offering garden design tips that deter deer along with plant information:

Site offering lists of plants resistant to deer damage: