From the Mayor

As we transition from winter and settle into spring, I thought this was a good time to provide residents with an update on our deer overpopulation problem. Many residents have expressed frustration over the years regarding our deer infestation in the borough. They have invaded the yards of many residents. They have left a significant amount of deer droppings. They have eaten many well laid flowerbeds and ravished your vegetation gardens. Additionally, they harbor ticks and spread lime disease. They have also caused numerous accidents on our borough roads, all conspiring to place residents at risk. For many it’s like a bad movie rerun which can be entitled: “Invasion of the Deer.” So what have we done about this problem?

Well firstly, the hotbed areas for deer in our borough are around Cobbs Creek to MacDade, and along the Longacre to Whitby Avenue corridor, and around Yeadon Avenue behind Fernwood Cemetery which is another one of their breeding grounds. The problem is that the custodians of “deer control” rest upon the Fairmount Park Commission and PA Game Commission. So this involves multiple jurisdictions, making it difficult to sort out, as many of these deer herds traverse large swaths of land within as well as outside of Yeadon. Thus, the deer we’re talking about just don’t stay in any one place, their control is statutory and largely out of our hands. As a result, the problem of controlled responsibility is varied, vague and vexing.

Thankfully, our new Chief of Police, Anthony Paparo, has come up with a new innovative plan of redress. He has received approval from the PA Game Commission as well as the Philadelphia based Fairmount Park Commission to create a program to eradicate deer within Yeadon. This program has borne tremendous results in a relatively short period of time. Since inception last fall up until now, we’ve seen the eradication of 41 deer taken out of circulation. This program has borne tremendous results. However, residents have informed me that they don’t see much difference as there are literally hundreds of deer currently in circulation. Therefore, it will take two or three seasons of this approach to realize an appreciable difference in their population decrease.

The good news is that after many years of their breeding, harvesting and encroaching upon our residents, the tide has turned where we’re now on the path to successfully bringing their population under control. We’ve finally turned the corner. However, also keep in mind that we are limited by law to when we can do this as the timeframe is limited from fall to the early winter season. Otherwise, it poses an increased danger to residents were this to continue unabated during the spring and summer months. As such, we ask for your continued patience as we strategically wrap our arms around this pervasive problem that was boomeranging out of control for many years … and that now thankfully, we finally have a firm handle on.

Just to keep our residents duly informed…

Sincerely,
Mayor Rohan Hepkins

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