Sharpshooter Program To Be Discussed At Southold Community Meeting

Meanwhile, a rally is scheduled for the same week to protest the plan.

As tensions continue to escalate over a proposed sharpshooter program that has
scores across the East End either protesting or speaking out in support of the plan, Southold Town has scheduled a community meeting to discuss specifics.

According to Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell, a community meeting will be held in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services representatives on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane.

A protest in opposition to the plan will be held on Jan. 18 in East Hampton. According to John Di Leonardo, president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, animal advocates will hold the "No Cull" rally at the Hook Windmill on North Main Street. 

The rally will begin at 1 p.m.; television footage "exposing deer netting," will be shown, according to Di Leonardo.

Joining Di Leondardo and animal advocate Wendy Chamberlin, who has led talks with the towns about immunocontraception and other alternatives, will be Bill Crain, founder of the East Hampton Wildlife Group, and others.

 “We have a plan that has been proven to work in many areas around the country that will reduce the deer population and solve these conflicts without resorting to mayhem and murder," Chamberlin said. "Why won’t these elected officials consider this plan that works, costs very little, and that most of their citizens want?” 


Jonathan Landrio January 09, 2014 at 07:35 AM
The idea has been floated to introduce birth control hormones to the deer via darts. This may sound like an attractive and interesting solution for those who are opposed to both the cull and hunting, but the following must be considered. The way birth control is utilized and how it is highly effective for humans, should not be assumed will be the case for deer. This is not the appropriate forum to discuss the basics of birth control. We are adults and have or should have a knowledge of hormone based birth control used by Women. With that being said the deer will not be ingesting pills on a regimented basis and monitoring their menstrual cycles or maintaining controlled levels of hormones.The deer will be injected with a dart that may or may not introduce the correct level of hormones to be effective and for how long said dosage will be effective. Deer also have a far different ovulation/fertility windows then women. To introduce foreign hormones to nature doesn't seem to be wise considering what our society knows about the side effects of hormones and medications on people. If humans have an undesirable reaction to a pharmaceutical we contact our healthcare provider for guidance there is no equivalent in nature for wildlife. Anyone who consumes organic meat produce or dairy products is well aware of the negative effects of introducing hormones to food. Venison is as organic as it gets, as a conservationist I should not have to worry if the deer I harvest has once been or is currently pumped with hormones. This concept is not a novel one it has been tried in other regions and has not had the desired results. The effects on the deer would have to be studied in a controlled environment. These studies would take time and money before any responsible biologists would agree to their safety or effectiveness. In the mean time the population would continue to rise thus putting the herd further away from healthy carry capacity goals. It is great that this ill conceived cull program has spurred people with differing views to think and finally demand that deer population management be addressed. For too long only a few of us were involved but were unfortunately ignored. A hunter based management program is the only realistic effective option that respects the tax payer and the deer. In Time magazine the article titled Cull of the Wild touches upon birth control for deer populations and many aspects of sustainable responsible management tools. Huntersfordeer.org
Claire January 09, 2014 at 08:33 AM
just do it already.
ed finnegan January 09, 2014 at 09:35 AM
talk, handwringing, pie-in -the-sky, pollyanna, bambi, finger pointing, bleeding heart it's all naught but dither dither and dither....the problem is real, now, and getting worse! time for shutting up and moving off the dime.
Rose Kay January 09, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Hunting is a murderous business.....The IDA quotes "Quick kills are rare, and many animals suffer prolonged, painful deaths when hunters severely injure but fail to kill them. Bow hunting exacerbates the problem, evidenced by dozens of scientific studies that have shown that bow hunting yields more than a 50 percent wounding and crippling rate. Some hunting groups promote shooting animals in the face or in the gut, which is a horrifically painful way to die." These are the facts .I really believe most folks want a humane solution. Would you want your own pet to suffer and die this way ? I don't think so. Long Islands gentle and beautiful deer deserve better.


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