POLL: Is the Deer Problem Getting Better or Worse?

Southold Town is into its third year running a deer management program — do you think it's working?

Hunters are using bow and arrow to on the North Fork and some farmers and gardeners are taking advantage of

But are these techniques working to help balance out life for humans and deer on this small space of land? What have you been seeing out there? Have you taken your car to the shop yet after colliding with a deer this year?

Take our poll and feel free to comment in the boxes below.

TheLoraxLI November 21, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Yes, but when is bicyclist season? Tourist season is over already...
Benja Schwartz November 21, 2011 at 08:35 AM
Thus article is fast disappearing below the radar. Too bad since the thrust of this thread, deer-resistant plants, was not well developed. The deer have never touched our garlic patch! Does anyone else have experience with plants that deer do not eat? Maybe Patch can do an article?
Amy K. Martin November 22, 2011 at 07:35 PM
they don't seem to like butterfly bushes & euphorbias....
Joyce Grigonis November 23, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Equilibrium? Really?! Lets get a grip on reality here and turn the movie 'Bambi' off. The only way to get 'natural equilibrium' is to introduce wolves and mountain lions. And that is ridiculous if not quite insane. At the turn of the century, there were approximately 500,000 deer on the continental US. As of the Cornell Survey taken a few years ago, there are now well over 20,000,000 deer in the continental US. Look it up on the Cornell website. This is a FACT. That number is probably close to or over 30,000,000 now since deer herds can double every few years*. (*info also found at the Cornell website) That number may even be closer to 40 million now. The ONLY way to reach equilibrium is to reduce those numbers back to 500,000. 75 hunters for a few months isn't going to do diddly squat to the current deer infestation. We need massive annihilation of the herd, leaving 1% is still too many. And we need to look at this, primarily, from a 'Vector Control' point of view. And then secondarily, from a road hazard point of view. Billions spent every year on auto body work and medical bills due to injuries from deer collisions. Not to mention the billions spent every year treating tick borne diseases that deer spread. Deer spread several potentially deadly diseases, just like mosquitoes, and should be treated the same way. NY State, and Bambi lovers, need to get a grip and deal with the problem in a practical, realistic way.
robert chambers June 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
If anyone wants a bowhunter to take a few deers during the deer season let me know. Fishliny2@aol.com


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