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Deer Management

Due to concerns about damage to vegetation, cases of Lyme disease reported by residents, and deer versus vehicle accidents, the Commissioners of Cheltenham Township authorized Abington Deer Management to conduct controlled deer hunts in 2018-19 ( August 2019 Public Works Committee Agenda). 

The hunts will be conducted on six passive open space properties owned by the Township ( Deer Hunting Maps 2019) which include:
  1. Gimble Field
  2. Tookany Creek Parkway between the Fire training area and Jenkintown Road,
  3. Parkview Open Space
  4. Chelten on Rock Lane between Dell Lane and Washington Lane on the south side of the EP homes
  5. Waverly Road Compost Facility 
  6. Green Valley Open Space
This will be the fourth consecutive controlled deer hunt being held on some of these open space properties. 

The deer management program will be performed by archers who are competent, experienced, careful and cautiously safe. The safety of our residents is of the highest priority. This year's hunting season begins on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and runs through Saturday, December 14, 2019 and December 26, 2019 through January 26, 2020.   SIGNS WILL BE POSTED to notify anyone attempting to enter these properties that the area is closed to all visitors.

The Township believes this program will meet the goals of the Township and of the residents. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions, contact Public Works Superintendent Christopher Clewell at 215-635-4600. ext. 366.
      2017 Program Results
      At the Public Works Committee on February 7, 2018, Abington Deer Management reported the program harvested 48 deer (45 does, 3 bucks) in the 2017 program. Several deer were donated. 
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