Lebo Citizens

   Lebo Citizens evolved from Concerned Citizens of Mt. Lebanon, a grassroots group of citizens who shared a common concern – the cost of the proposed $113.3 million high school renovation. 
   Since Mt. Lebanon citizens are concerned about ALL community issues,  this site provides information about the Municipality, as well as the School District. It is your source for meeting podcasts, announcements, and documents.    
For citizen comments, visit www.lebocitizens.blogspot.com 

Upcoming Events

January 18, 2016  
Mt. Lebanon School Board Regular Meeting 7:30 p.m., 
Mt. Lebanon High School, LGI Room D205. 
Enter the building at Entrance B-9.

On January 12, 2016, Commissioners Bendel, McLean, and Silverman voted in favor of sharpshooting. Baiting will begin on January 24, 2016 with a start date of February 1, 2016 for shooting.

Shooting in public parks will be 5 days a week starting at 6 PM. Killing on private property will be 7 days a week beginning at 4 PM. All killing will be paid with taxpayer funds.

Chief Lauth what we should do If we see or hear anything concerning that's related to this sharpshooting program, Chief Lauth said without a doubt call 911. Do NOT e-mail. He said he was very emphatic with his officers that any and all complaints that come in to 911 must be recorded.

On December 18, 2015, the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon appealed the Final Determination of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, listing me as the defendant. A gofundme account has been established. Contrary to popular belief, I cannot recoup my attorney fees, if I win. To donate, please visit:


A limited supply of “Not In My Yard” signs are still available.  More than 250 yard signs have been distributed to Mt. Lebanon residents. Less than 60 Mt. Lebanon residents have granted temporary access to their properties for the purpose of killing deer.

Want a “Not In My Yard” sign? Email me at EGillen476@aol.com

Archery season ends on November 28, 2015. Legal archery will resume on December 26, 2015 on private property and December 28, 2015 at Public Works, Mt. Lebanon Golf Course, Robb Hollow, McNeilly and the Conservation District along Connor Road. Call 9-1-1 to report illegal activity.

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 19- Nov. 28 and Dec. 26-Jan. 23, 2016. 

On November 24, 2015, the PA Office of Open Records has granted the appeal by Elaine Gillen on behalf of herself and all other safety-concerned Mt. Lebanon residents.

On July 30, 2015, the Request was filed seeking “[a]ll communications to and/or from municipal staff and, all communication to and/or from the commission concerning Anthony DeNicola’s archery program from June 18, 2015 to the present.” 

This decision would have prospective application to any properties that would be signed up for the anticipated day and night rifle killing slated for February 1, 2016, to be finally voted on January 25, 2016, as well as any future municipal-sanctioned hunts.

Gillen v. Mt. Lebanon

The Requester’s appeal is granted, and the Municipality is required to provide all e-mails within thirty days. This Final Determination is binding on all parties. Within thirty days of the mailing date of this Final Determination, any party may appeal to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. 

Mt. Lebanon Violated the Federal Gun-Free School Zone Act in 2006-2008 when they were killing deer in Rockwood Park. Mt. Lebanon was within 1,000 feet from Foster School.

2007 USDA Activities Report

Distance from The Goddard School to Archery Hunt and “Sharpshooting”

Request for Proposals For a White-tailed Deer Management Program
Utilizing Sharpshooting within the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon

Responses from White Buffalo Inc.

Since sharpshooting will be a cull, all safety zones are waived. Private properties next to schools will be permitted to have sharpshooting. The Gun Free School Zones only apply to public properties. You may have shooting next to your house, as I did in 2006-2008, and you won’t be able to do anything to stop it. It turns out that the killing next to my house in 2006-2008 was ILLEGAL! Mt. Lebanon admitted that USDA Wildlife Services was not observing the Gun Free School Zone law, within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school. It was introduced in the U.S. Senate in October 1990 by Joseph R. Biden and signed into law in November 1990 by George H. W. Bush. USDA also killed deer immediately next to Lincoln School, in what they call Meadowcroft Park, along with other areas close to schools. This is why Bird Park is not part of White Buffalo's archery program. Read about shootings in the Hoover School area by selecting the Archery-Related Accidents/Incidents tab or by clicking here. http://lebocitizens.com/Lebo_Citizens/Archery-Related_Accidents.html

White Buffalo shooting off of a deck in Solon, Ohio. Our houses are much closer in Mt. Lebanon.

See a wounded or dead deer as a result of the Archery Hunt or “Sharpshooting”?

CALL 9-1-1 to report the wounded or dead deer to MLPD.
If possible, take a photo.
Email EGillen476@aol.com with details, so that it can be added to the Lebo Citizens Archery-Related Accident Report.
Email the Commissioners about your safety concerns at commission@mtlebanon.org.
Sign up for Citizen Comments at the next commission meeting.

“Mt. Lebanon officials mum on deer-killing project” Trib Total Media September 22, 2015

There is nothing in the contract between Mt. Lebanon and White Buffalo that states that numbers (deer kills) will only be released after archery season is over. The contract is here.

On September 19, 2015, archery season began in PA, including in our community of Mt. Lebanon. The commissioners are not disclosing the locations of the private properties who are “donating” use of their land for deer killing. Since this will be occurring six days a week, from sunrise to sundown, until the end of January, I have decided to publish the locations as I hear about them. Tree stands are not required, as White Buffalo Project Manager Jody Maddock told us. Archery can take place from peoples’ decks and even second story windows. Please email me at EGillen476@aol.com with any information regarding these locations.

Revised Locations of archery taking place in Mt. Lebanon

Robb Hollow and Public Works*

Golf Course*

TWIN HILLS*, yes Scott Commissioners, Twin Hills. It is private property and we can do legal archery and you can’t stop us.  

McNeilly Park

Conservation District* on Connor Road
No archery on Saturdays or Sundays. 

(Six property groups are participating, with twelve more lined up.)
Avon/Brucewood neighborhood

343 Oak Forest

Hazel Drive

9.  755 Shady Lane

On June 26, 2015, APHIS Wildlife Services submitted the following proposal to Keith McGill, Municipal Planner. 

APHIS Wildlife Services Sharpshooting Proposal

This proposal had never been shared with the public, but was discussed at the August 11, 2015 Commission Discussion Session. At that time, the Mt. Lebanon Commissioners decided to review a formal proposal from APHIS Wildlife Services at the September 8, 2015 Commission Discussion Session.

Comparing Deer-Related Data


Deer-related accidents in Mt. Lebanon project to be down 35% in 2015 (19 accidents through June 30, 2015, compared to 58 in 2014).1
Pennsylvania residents have a 1 in 71 chance of being in a deer-related accident, the second highest rate for any state.2
Florida is 47th at a rate of 1 in 938; Washington D.C. is 46th at a rate of 1 in 734.

Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon residents have a 1 in 655 chance of being in a deer-related accident and there are 6.3 deer-related accidents per square mile in Mt. Lebanon.
Reducing deer-related accidents by 50% from 2014 in Mt. Lebanon would result in a 1 in 859 chance of being in a deer-related accident.3

Upper St. Clair

Upper St. Clair residents have a 1 in 190 chance of being in a deer-related accident and there are 10.4 deer-related accidents per square mile in Upper St. Clair.

Archery and Trajectory

Field tests demonstrate that an arrow shot by a modern archer can travel between 297 and 342 yards.4

Lyme Disease

From the presentation of Keith McGill, municipal planner:

"Deer are a dead-end host for the Lyme disease bacteria. They do not infect ticks and the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, nor do they contract the disease when an infected tick feeds on them. They play no direct role in the transmission cycle.”"5

1 Mt. Lebanon Deer Accident Report: https://lebotools.mtlebanon.org/dit/public_incident_report.php.
2 State Farm Deer-Related Accident Report: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7292852-state-farm-insurance-deer-collision-driver-safety-data/links/7292852-2014-deer-statistics-table.pdf.
3 United States Census Data: http://www.census.gov/2010census/data/.
4 Maximum Bow Range, Dan Carlson: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Maximum-bow-range/532130.uts. (Population data used for calculations is for residents over 18 years of age.)
5 Deer Management, Keith McGill, Municipal Planner: http://mtlebanon.org/DocumentCenter/View/11057.

As I have shared with Commissioners Vuono, Silverman, Bendel, Brumfield, and Fraasch, here is the link to the
 USDA APHIS Wildlife Services 2008 Firearm Safety Review
This report was issued in July 2008, just three months 
after our second deer cull.
Commissioners Vuono and Silverman considered using them again.

Pennsylvania Debt Clock

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