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Supervisor: Public 'Resoundingly Requested' Deer Culling Option

The sharpshooter plan will help to assist with a problem impacting public safety and the local economy, Russell said.

As controversy continues to swirl over a proposed sharpshooter program to cull the deer herd on the East End, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell discussed a coming forum to address the plan.

On Thursday, the Southold Deer Management Task Force will host a public informational meeting on the proposed deer project, a proposal by the Long Island Farm Bureau to cull deer herds as part of a multi-pronged approach to reduce damage caused by white-tailed deer that is destroying the ecosystem of Eastern Long Island, according to the supervisor.

Martin Lowney, state director United States Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services of New York State will be onhand to discuss the scope of the project and anticipated outcomes. The deer project is intended to complement existing practices to address the overpopulation of deer, Russell said.

The forum will begin at  6 p.m. at the Southold Recreation Center.

“The public resoundingly requested that the Southold Town Board pursue the option of culling herds as part of the town’s integrated deer management plan, and we believe this strategy will assist in addressing a complex problem impacting public safety and the local economy," Russell said.

For information, please contact the supervisor's office at 631-765-1889.

mike edelson January 12, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Stop this misguided killing. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation in western North Carolina is seeking to restock white-tailed deer for its reservation. Perhaps the tribe would trap and transport deer from the town. It should be investigated. We should avoid the cowboy sharpshooters.
knee jerk January 12, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I agree with Rose Kay, the deer should be trained to have safe sex as a means of reducing their population.
mike edelson January 13, 2014 at 04:52 PM
i suggest a program of civil disobedience to prevent the shootings. Volunteers can position themselves prominently near where the shooters lay in wait. Keep making noise until they give up.
knee jerk January 13, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Civil disobedience will only work if it done in a group, not alone. If you do it alone you'll be classified as a kook. Also, in this case, don't wear camo, even if it is in fashion now. Orange would be a lot better.
mike edelson January 14, 2014 at 05:43 PM
I dress in red with my white beard. Maybe Target would offer financial support for the project to stop the sharpshooters?

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