New York Deer News
Syracuse, Professor, students present findings on Syracuse’s deer population April 14, 2014 New York, Daily Orange 
... The current deer population in Syracuse is estimated to be about 218, with 19 deer per square mile, Underwood said. He added that people think these numbers have increased over the past few years but there is no data to support that...

Long Island, State draws back regulations on bowhunting April 11, 2014 New York, Riverhead News Review
... State leaders recently approved new regulations that will open up available land to bowhunters on Long Island ... The new regulations decrease the distance bowhunters are required to stand away from structures from 500 feet to 150 feet...

Shelter Island, Deer kills up, but money to continue efforts is tight April 10, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
...about 350 deer were killed between ... an increase of about 125 from last year’s total. ... the Island, which opted not to use federal sharpshooters in favor of recreational hunters...  opinion that recreational hunting won’t ultimately be enough to control the deer population... Marc Wein, a recent addition to the committee, is skeptical. Mr. Wein wants more precise data on how many deer populate Shelter Island. ...

Syracuse, SUNY ESF study: Nearly 220 deer call the east end of Syracuse and part of DeWitt home April 9, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... The highest concentration was recorded around St. Mary's Cemetery, where the researchers estimated a herd containing possibly as many as 60 deer are located...  "They destroy your beautiful landscaping and carry ticks that can make you very sick that can give you Lyme disease ... "  said Brian Underwood, a U.S. Geological Survey research wildlife biologist who teachers at SUNY ESF [The adult ticks found on deer are not in the stage that transmit Lyme to humans, deer are immune to Lyme, unlike mice, who transmit the disease.  The general research consensus is that a deer cull is not effective against Lyme]

East Hampton Town Website Unveils Deer Management Page April 8, 2014 New York, 27east.com
... East Hampton Town has added a deer management page to its website as part of its overall deer management plan, which was adopted by the Town Board in June 2013....

... "It may be possible to get funding for humane solutions that wouldn't be there for methods of killing deer. Whereas those who favor killing some of the deer neither have a place where they could have that done nor any funding... any and all methods of deer population control require money and expertise, and must be a funded as an on-going program." ... Sandy Porter

... only eight doe were tranquilized, tagged and injected with birth control over the monthlong program in March, seven in the final week alone. That was far short of the goal of injecting 40 to 50 does in the first two years...

Deer cull lawsuit still on hold after delay last week April 2, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times 
... Long Island ...  indefinitely delayed by a state judge, who sought more time to read up on the facts on the case before hearing both sides...  no new permits have been issued, though the cull was allowed to move forward using the tags that had been issued through permits given out prior to the court date...

Deer Slaughter Under Way In Southampton Town April 2, 2014 New York, 27east.com
... The killing, which is done at night by teams of hunters using bait, night-vision equipment and high-powered rifles with silencers, is being paid for by the Long Island Farm Bureau using state grant money earmarked for pest control on agricultural property...

New York SWAT Team To Hunt Deer April 1, 2014 captainsjournal.com
... In what must surely be one of the more stupid programs ever conceived, a New York SWAT team gets to go hunting.  An Erie County city is bringing back a bait-and-shoot program to reduce a surging deer population that’s causing damage to property and hazards to motorists...

... Mike Tessitore, founder of the Hunters for Deer group, posted photos on Facebook over the past few days that depicted unborn deer he said he'd found in a dumpster where members of the United States Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services division had allegedly thrown them after they'd been shot....

New law allows crossbow hunting, but not on LI April 1, 2014 New York, Newsday 
...Bow hunters on Long Island will be allowed closer to homes -- though not with crossbows ...  Wildlife advocates said the change was bad for both deer and humans. "It's cruel for the deer and dangerous for humans," said Bill Crain, president of East Hampton Group for Wildlife...

... "Right now we have 3,900 signatures and expect to get 4,000 easily by the end of the day," said James LaVeck, co-founder of CayugaDeer.org..  ... "They're turning our community into an open-air slaughter house," ... "There's no way that people in this community had any idea that trapping and bolting of deer was happening all around our town," ... Petition 

... he spotted a young deer of about 60 pounds bound up in a net of connected Christmas lights that his mother used to decorate shrubs around her house... "It looked at me as I walked away and it seemed to be thinking, 'What the hell just happened?' "...

New York finds no #CWD infections in #deer over last year March 27, 2014 New York, Allentown Morning Call 
... Testing of more than 2,500 samples of deer statewide found no deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today... Public reporting of sick and abnormal deer throughout the year is also.  important because these animals are collected and tested for CWD...

Ithacans Criticize University for ‘Upsetting’ Deer Killings March 27, 2014 New York, The Cornell Daily Sun
... The University is able to trap and bolt deer due to a nuisance permit from New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation ... In order to combat these deer management practices, Cayuga Deer started a petition which, according to LaVeck, garnered over 1,000 signatures within its first 24 hours...

Cornell's campus deer management program meets opposition March 25, 2014 New York, CNYcentral.com
... LaVeck's website,CayugaDeer.org is sponsoring an on-line petition drive urging Cornell University to end the use of lethal means to control the campus deer population. He says 1,500 people have signed the petition since Sunday. CayugaDeer.org has included a YouTube [see below] video depicting the capture of a deer in a Clover trap...

Deer Clover Trap



Shed antlers — looking is more important than finding March 24, 2014 New York, Olean Times Herald
...  the key to finding shed antlers is to look for them in the right places — bedding and feeding areas...  getting our bodies back into summer shape is the number one reason you should get out into the deer woods and look for shed antlers ...

... “Clover traps” (collapsible box traps) have been set up on Cornell-owned property at various locations throughout Ithaca, New York. During the month of March, when deer have been baited and trapped, the temperatures have plunged into the single digits on several occasions. ... Trap and bolt killing of wildlife is widely condemned by veterinarians and humane societies as egregious cruelty ...

... Under the protocols approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in 2014 and 2015, highly trained staff from The HSUS will capture, ear-tag and administer a long-acting form of the PZP vaccine to approximately 60 female deer living in the Village. Treated deer will be monitored for fawns to determine vaccine effectiveness and longevity for two to three years after initial treatment...

Hastings, City uses birth control to limit nuisance deer herd March 18, 2014 New York, USA Today
...  Hastings is trying to keep its female deer from getting pregnant by injecting them with a contraceptive vaccine ... The study is among the first to test the vaccine in an area where deer can freely enter or exit... "This is a lot like hunting. You have to figure out where they're at and how to get close enough to get shots at them," said Naugle, who has been studying deer and their reproduction since 1994. ...

DEC Announces Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations March 17, 2014 New York, NYDEC News
      Exams Slated for April 11; Exam Applications due March 28 ...  Wildlife rehabilitators provide the selfless service of caring for injured, sick and orphaned wild animals, with the ultimate goal of wildlife rehabilitation being to prepare the animals for their return to the wild. Prospective applicants are encouraged to gain experience by serving as an assistant to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. For more information on the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program, visit DEC's website.
 ... Leashed Tracking Dog Handler: Leashed tracking dog handlers use their dogs to track and recover dead, wounded or injured big game. Leashed tracking dog handlers provide an invaluable service in aiding hunters in locating wounded big game that otherwise may have gone unrecovered. More information regarding the Leashed Tracking Dog License can be found on DEC's website. 
     
Winter Deer Survival is Down to the Wire March 13, 2014 New York, Outdoor Life Magazine
...  We’ve recommended cutting trees to lay tops on the ground ...  We cautioned about putting out unfamiliar foods like corn, apples, barn hay and even bread for hungry deer. This only accelerates the starvation process as they can not digest foods their bodies have not encountered for months...

Proposed budget favors crossbows March 13, 2013 New York, Schenectady Gazette
... DEC supports the use of crossbows for hunting during all seasons in which other bowhunting equipment is allowed. The crossbow hunting law enacted in 2010 does not address deer management needs ...

Teatown deer hunt a flop March 10, 2014 New York, LoHud.com
... Teatown justified this slaughter by claiming that Teatown was "overpopulated" by a deer population "estimated" at 72 deer per square mile... only 11 deer were killed. This raises the question: where were the 72 deer per square mile who allegedly populated the Teatown reservation before baiting began? ... anti-deer fencing is less costly than deer slaughters, and are totally effective in excluding deer from nature preserves...

Long Island, Court hits the brakes on new deer cull permits March 7, 2014 New York, Riverhead 
...  Judge Joseph C. Teresi of the New York State Supreme Court in Albany granted a temporary restraining order to petitioners — including Bridgehampton resident Wendy Chamberlin of the Wildlife Preservation Coalition — that effectively stops the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing any further deer damage permits, which were necessary to allow sharpshooters to cull deer on private properties...  

Long Island, Judge halts new permits for deer cull March 6, 2014 New York, Newsday 
 ... Hunting and wildlife groups joined forces to bring action against the DEC and Long Island Farm Bureau ... Opponents of the cull argued in court that the DEC should have done an environmental study before issuing the permits...

Marsh ice thickens, deer are herding March 6, 2014 New York, The Sun News 
...  Our whitetail deer seem to have survived the exposures pretty well, and have started to herd up, part of their usual winter activities... Look for deer to herd southerly facing hillsides when the sun is high and in some locations ... the bucks have shed their antlers over the last two months and all deer look like doe right now ...

North Haven, Mum’s the Word on Status of North Haven Deer Cull March 5, 2014 New York, The Sag Harbor Express 
... Last month, Mr. Sander said he expected the village to spend about $15,000 this year to start the deer culling ...  Wendy Chamberlin of the Wildlife Preservation Coalition, said ... it was “shocking” for village officials to refuse to discuss the cull. “Officials who behave like this and do not attend to the opinions and desires of their constituents should resign,”  ...

Deep freeze of winter bears down on region's wildlife March 3, 2014 New York, Courier-Journal 
... The hard, icy snow that covers most of the region now also prevents deer from digging through the crust to dig up food ... . Weakened deer are more vulnerable to coyotes and other predators in winter. Deep snows make escape more difficult ... last season’s bumper crop of nuts, fruits and seeds has made more food available ...

Southold, Deer cull fury sparks threats of local wine, produce boycott March 3, 2014 New York, Riverhead Local 
...  controversy over a sharpshooter program aimed at thinning the deer herd in Southold Town continued to escalate on Monday as animal advocates prepared to head back to court ... others planned to boycott Riverhead and North Fork farms and wineries participating in the cull...

4-Poster program leads agenda for Deer and Tick meeting March 3, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter ·
... When the 4-posters were initially deployed on Shelter Island in a test program ... There was a dramatic drop in the tick population during the years of the trial, but with so many fewer units deployed in 2012 and 2013, there was a 200 percent spike in the tick population...  Shelter Island, along with most of its East End neighbors, opted out of the sharpshooter program  ...

Snow brings out the dewclaws this time of year  March 2, 2014 New York, Press Republican 
...  wet snow .. Clearly the animals had been having a tough time getting around ...almost all the deer tracks registered dewclaws — the two extra digits on the back of deer’s feet. Dewclaws help deer balance. They are equivalent to the index finger and pinky on a human hand but arranged higher and behind the two middle “fingers” on a deer’s foot...

North Tonawanda, Bait-and-shoot back in North Tonawanda to control surging deer population March 1, 2014 New York, Niagara Gazette
... Current Police Chief William Hall said from 2004 to 2005 the force killed 154 deers with 46, 13 and 28 disposed of respectively in three subsequent years...

Seminar speaks of whitetail ways March 1, 2014 New York, Buffalo News 
... After a century of hunter and scientific studies, Ross said frankly, “We don’t know exactly where deer are and where they move.” ... excursions deer will take that often have them off on extensive but short runs out of their home range and core area... One day-long excursion had a monitored deer travel 16 miles...

Southold, Judge shoots down attempt to stop deer cull February 26, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times
... A “type 2 action” is not subject to a full environmental review, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. It exempted the plan from more in-depth analysis by categorizing the proposal as agricultural farm management practices. ... The Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island filed the suit ...

Southold Deer Cull 'On Track' To Start This Month February 26, 2014 New York, Patch.com
... Joe Gergela, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, the agency that has contracted directly with the United States Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Division for the cull, said that on the advice of legal counsel, he was not able to speak on the issue... On Tuesday night, members of the public spoke out against the cull at a Southold town board meetng...

North Haven Seeks Multi-Year Deer Culling Contract February 26, 2014 New York, 27east.com
... the North Haven Village Board voted to begin negotiations, the village granted access on Monday to the minutes of its February 4 meeting after at first denying a Freedom of Information Act request...  use of shotguns to kill more than 100 deer ...  the village can hire a company for a cull throughout the 2.7-square-mile village without the consent of the affected property owners. “We would only need the permission of the board members,”...

Bronx Bambi head count as Parks set to monitor deer population February 25, 2014 New York, Bronx Times 
... The planes cruise 1,000 feet above the park and use infrared radar to hone in on the deer ... The project costs Parks $19,000 ... The agency says it will use its baseline deer count to track deer population changes over time, and then use it as a resource to manage deer population...

Hastings Mayor Swiderski: What to Expect During Deer Immunocontraception February 24, 2014 New York, news.hamlethub.com 
... This weekend, we begin the deer immunocontraception study ... The darting professionals will wait until they have a clean shot at a still deer when the dart will hit the flank of the deer.... the professionals will tag both ears with very large and visible tags, carry out some measurements, and then inject the deer with the immunocontraceptive ... The deer will amble off with its new ear-tags and hopefully not calve new fawns in the subsequent two years...

Antlers ... and more about deer antlers February 23, 2014 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter 
... There is a growing market for whitetail sheds. Little antlers are sold by the pound rate, usually around $3 per pound, while the giant, long-tined antlers going for $200 each or more. Antlers are used mostly for chandeliers, lamps, carvings, and are even becoming popular as dog chews...

Southold sued for role in deer cull February 22, 2104 New York, Newsday 
... Animal preservation and hunting groups have filed suit against the Town of Southold and its leaders in an effort to stop a federal sharpshooter deer cull program...  the town board "failed to consider whether there were reasonable means to control and stabilize the deer population in the town through nonlethal methods." ...

... the Humane Society professionals will find them, take some measurements, and inject them with PZP ... The Humane Society team has darted over 3,000 animals between the two of them over the last 30 years without incident ...

Applicable timber management practices can help deer survive the winterFebruary 19, 2014 New York, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
... Deer prefer sheltered areas with or close to shrubs and sapling trees that provide high-quality browse. But, when big buds and nourishing twig ends are unavailable, they will resort to eating dry leaves, needles, and bark, often described as starvation foods because they provide very little nutrition.  A preferred overwintering site will consist of a mixture of mature conifers, some southern aspects and scattered deciduous openings... 

Teatown, Deer cull plan taints Teatown reputation February 17, 2014 New York, lohud.com 
...  Teatown is associated with responsibility and care for wildlife. It is diametrically opposed to the plan they now have in place. To be honest, it “taints” Teatown...

...  By providing baseline data, this project will enable future researchers to conduct pre- and post- construction comparison to deer patterns by analyzing deer responses from the Park Point area to deer responses throughout the RIT Super Block and the surrounding area. If correlations can be established, it may be possible to ultimately derive a comprehensive management strategy for enticing deer away from hotspots and development sites and into areas where collisions with vehicles can be minimized... 

Killing deer to make our lives easier? February 13, 2014 New York, CNN
... New York, townships of the posh East End are asking federal sharpshooters to kill thousands of deer over the next several years... When people say there are "too many" deer, I ask, "Too many for what?"  If the deer ate every grape in every vineyard and every potted plant on every doorstep, I wouldn't want anyone to kill them.  We've put homes and farms onto their world, and I think it cruel of us to want to finish the job by killing what survives ...

Shelter Island,Deer management February 13, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter, K.C. Baily
... The National Science Foundation lists the white-footed mouse as the main carrier of Lyme disease (see: nsf.gov/news/special_reports/ecoinf/lyme.jsp). Could the terrible mange epidemic of a few years back that destroyed our fox population lead to the explosion of our mouse population? Has any of this been explored? ... Time to move on from killing deer as the solution. It hasn’t worked in the past ...

Southold, Town Green Lights Deer Cull; Animal Advocate To Pursue Litigation February 12, 2014 New York, Patch.com
... Despite a steady stream of public opposition Tuesday, the town board moved forward with the deer cull plan.... "We will have a temporary restraining order by Thursday," said Bridgehampton resident Wendy Chamberlin, who was proactive in protesting the deer cull in East Hampton and now represents the Wildlife Preservation Coaliton ...

Southold Gives Deer Cull the Go-Ahead February 12, 2014 New York, eastendbeacon.com
...  The board also voted that the cull does not need to go through stringent environmental review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.  Several members of the public came to Southold Town Hall last night to express their dismay at the decision... Both East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village announced on Jan. 31 they would not participate in the cull ...

White Deer group pushes for larger area for herd February 12, 2014 New York, Finger Lakes Times 
... Seneca White Deer conducted tours of the white deer area and the wildlife habitat in 2006, 2009 and 2012. “With little advertising, we had more than 6,300 people attend the tours. Every bus was filled every day during those 11 weekends and hundreds more were turned away due to lack of capacity ... it could be a world class tourism destination, if given the opportunity.” ...

Teatown Should Seek Deer Kill Alternatives February 11, 2014 New York, The Daily Voice
 ... People from near and far traveled to ... attend Teatown’s 10th Annual Hudson River EagleFest to celebrate the re-emergence of bald eagles in the Hudson Valley. At the same time, the sponsor of that event, Teatown Lake Reservation, a 875-acre nature preserve in the towns of Yorktown and Cortlandt, was completing a three-week deer baiting program, and, the night before Eaglefest, began a program of hiring sharpshooters to kill 75 white tail deer... 

Teatown, Deer Culling Protested During Teatown's Eaglefest February 8, 2014 New York, yorktown.dailyvoice.com ·
...  the deer culling, which Teatown says is necessary because of the deteriorating condition of its forest. It says the overpopulation of deer is hurting the habitat for other wildlife. It has a density of 70 deer per square mile on its 875-acre preserve. The recommended density is 10 or less per square mile, according to a frequently asked questions page on the Teatown website. [Recent U.S. Forest study puts optimal density at 15 to 28 deer per square mile, with forest regeneration levels at higher levels] ...

Parks Department to spend $19,000 to track deer in city parks February 7, 2014 New York, New York Daily News · 
... The census will monitor deer at four parks in the Bronx and 12 in Staten Island... “The results will be used to establish a baseline population number, which can then be monitored over time to see how populations are changing,” ... The contractor will use an infrared camera mounted to a small, low-flying [drone] ...

Shelter Island, Deer & Tick Chairman: Don't count out sharpshooters February 7, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... during the three-year period in which 60 4-posters were deployed around the Island ... from 2008 through 2011, there was a decline in the numbers of ticks ... During the spring and summer of 2012, the town went it alone, deploying only a quarter of the number of 4-posters and the same was true in 2013, with just a few more units deployed. Tests showed a major increase in the tick count here, resulting in plans this year for the town to deploy 34 units ...

... A single-engine aircraft will use an infrared camera ...  The survey will be the first step in deciding how to manage the deer population ...

Teatown, Deer shoot can go ahead at Teatown reservation, judge says February 7, 2014 New York, LoHud.com
... Neighbors went to court to try and stop Teatown from carrying out its plan to employ specially trained biologists to shoot some of the property’s deer... 

... Predator Guard is a solar-powered, automatic, predator deterrent light that sends out a powerful flash of twin LED lights. Deer and other night predators assume these lights are the eyes of another predator, become frightened and stay away from your property. Predator Guard turns itself on at dusk and off again at dawn. It is non-lethal and safe for animals and humans...

Southold, Deer cull projections lowered, East Hampton backs out February 6, 2014 New York, Riverhead News-Review ·
... Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said that on the North Fork, the cull is still scheduled to move forward.... conducting an environmental review, the results of which will determine if more study is needed or if the plan is OK as written... East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell reported last Friday that one reason the town had backed out of the plan was that the town had not completed an environmental analysis...

... The plan announced last summer called for the killing of up to 3,000 brown-eyed does and bucks by specially trained sharpshooters  ...  downgraded to a goal of 1,000 deer... It now appears Southold may be the only town left in the program ...

East Hampton, Hunters Hope for More Opportunities Amid East End Deer Cull Debate February 5, 2014 New York, sagharboronline.com
...  the now diminished federal sharpshooter deer culling program ... deer hunting, with both shotgun and bow and arrow, is legal in East Hampton and Southampton towns … The East Hampton Town Board, which bowed out the deer cull program on Tuesday, reiterated its commitment to manage the deer population and announced efforts to improve opportunities for hunters ...

Shelter Island, Time to turn pro on deer management February 4, 2014 Shelter Island, Shelter Island Reporter
... Mr. Scheibel presented the board with a description of a person who would work two to three days a week maintaining the 4-posters from April through December and two to three days a week plus doing scientific studies on tick populations. Two or three days a week would be devoted to managing the town’s deer reduction program from October to April. This would include bringing new hunters into the program, ///

Learn about deer by tracking them in the snow February 2, 2014 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter 
... When a whitetail walks, they put their back foot into the track of the front hoof. So, when we see tracks, they are almost always a combination track of the back hoof and the front hoof, unless they are running. As a whitetail runs, it pushes its back feet ahead of the front feet... the whitetail which is loping along to catch up with its buddies will splay its hoof, making a bigger impression, even though it may be of identical weight or even have slightly smaller body size!..

East Hampton Withdraws From Deer-Culling Program January 31, 2014 New York, New York times
...  After vigorous opposition to deer culling, both the Village and Town of East Hampton have decided to withdraw from a program to bring in federal sharpshooters to significantly thin the local herd ... “I’d like to go out and shout out the news to the deer: ‘You’re safe for now,’ ” said William Crain, a City College psychology professor and the president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife... 

East Hampton, Deer Cull Delayed Until 2015 at Earliest January 31, 2014 New York, East Hampton Star 
...  a hunt that had been proposed by the Long Island Farm Bureau in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture would not take place this winter because a state-required environmental impact study could not be completed in time, among other issues...

East Hampton Deer Cull Grinds to a Halt January 31, 2014 New York,  eastendbeacon.com
... East Hampton Town was issued a temporary restraining order yesterday barring the town from implementing a contract with the Long Island Farm Bureau and the UDSA to allow USDA sharpshooters to cull the town’s … until after Feb. 10 ... Both East Hampton Town and Village announced this afternoon that they’ve decided to not participate in the cull...

East End deer kill reduced to 1,000 animals January 30, 2014 New York, Newsday
... A federal sharpshooter program to reduce the East End deer population has shaved the number of animals it plans to kill to about 1,000 from the original 2,000 to 3,000 because fewer municipalities are participating ... Municipalities participating in the cull are the Town of Southold and the Village of East Hampton ... 

... According to New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Cuomo has included language in his proposed 2014 state budget that would reduce  the setback from 500 feet to 150 for hunting deer with a bow and arrow... 

New York should allow mineral supplements for whitetails January 26, 2014 Hornell Evening Tribune 
... New York state is currently doing a reevaluation of its deer laws, and it would be such a positive enhancement to the state deer herd to legalize whitetail soil amendments.  In some areas of the state, the soil has become so leached out from erosion and farming practices that animals, especially whitetail deer, have a difficult time sustaining themselves in an optimal state...

TeaTown Petition, Save The Deer of The Teatown Nature 'Preserve' in Ossining, NY January 26, 2014 New York, Care2 (blog), Senator Greg Ball
... The Teatown Nature 'Preserve' in Ossining, NY has contracted with the DEC to kill 75 of its deer residents in the few weeks; they also plan for this to be an annual event spanning the next FIVE YEARS.  Teatown has reacted to complaints from the community and animal advocates by setting its Facebook page to block public comments...and by removing its list of ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS from its website!..

DEC Issues Draft Vienna Woods Unit Management Plan to Enhance Recreational Use, Protect Natural Resources January 24, 2014 New York, DEC News
   Greater public access and more recreational opportunities would be offered in Vienna Woods under a proposed Unit Management Plan (UMP) released today by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). DEC will accept comments on the draft plan through March 3 and will hold a public meeting on Jan. 30 in North Bay (Oneida County).... 
     The goals of the Unit are to provide: a healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest; forest-based recreational opportunities; economic benefits to local communities and to the state of New York; and sound stewardship. The draft UMP reflects Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative ... increasing hunting opportunities in various regions...
     The draft plan is available on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90760.html.

East Hampton, Deer Cull Opponents Rally At Hook Mill January 23, 2014 New York, East Hampton Star ·
... Mr. Barocas said the cull was not based on science, but he was not optimistic about efforts to stop it. He called the protest “a gesture that needs to be made.”         Observing nature in its natural state is “one of the greatest joys I’ve had in living here from the time I was an infant,” said Michael Dickerson of Northwest Woods, East Hampton. “My great concern is that every time we interfere with nature’s plan, we screw stuff up.” ...

Seneca White Deer tries to lobby New York to buy Seneca Depot January 22, 2014 New York, Courier-Journal 
... Seneca White Deer should have some credibility, given that the volunteer organization sold out eco-tours of the Depot on 11 weekends last year, drawing 6,300 people and grossing $125,000. [as a result on controlled hunts over many years that prohibited the killing of white deer, Seneca has the largest population of white deer] ...  they are finding resistance from the two state agencies who can acquire this property, the NYSDEC and NYS Parks ...

...  using infrared technology attached to low-flying planes, the Parks Department will soon launch the first widespread effort get a handle on the size of the burgeoning deer population.... Oddo confirmed he had reached out to Dr. Rutberg as a councilman, and said he's open to contraception but had some concerns.... "The issue is going to be capturing the deer, because we do need some open space to do that," Dr. Rutberg said...

Shelter Island, Town to focus on deer, not mice January 20, 2014 New York, shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com
... There was discussion of giving a tickicide specifically for mice to town residents, but Dr. Scott Campbell, a committee member and official at the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, said it would be impractical. Town money can be better spent deploying more 4-poster units and rewarding hunters for culling the deer herd... [deer density generally not related to Lyme]

Long Island, Cull Controversy: Help Save Long Island Deer January 20, 2014 New York, examiner.com 
... The cull is planned to begin in February 2014 and involve federal sharpshooters hunting the deer—meaning that this blatantly publicly opposed plan is to be paid for with taxpayer’s money... The reasons cited for the deer cull include the deer being “pests” that eat plants and walk near roadways. Although these annoyances are justified, most people who live in the area are used to sharing their neighborhood with the deer and feel that there are far more humane ways to control the population ...

East Hampton, Protesters Gather In East Hampton Village To Oppose Deer Culling January 19, 2014 New York, 27east.com 
...  “The USDA should be called the Wildlife Extermination Service,” ... Ms. Chamberlain broke the news that the animal advocates from Long Island Orchestrating For Nature (LION), the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island, and the East Hampton Group for Wildlife have hired an environmental firm from upstate, Young/Sommer LLC, to represent them in their lawsuit against any and all municipalities that sign on to the Farm Bureau’s cull program. ...

Protesters took to East Hampton Village on Saturday afternoon to voice their opposition to an deer cull planned by several municipalities, with the help of the Long Island Farm Bureau. - January 18, 2014



East Hampton, Hunters and animal rights activists protest planned deer cull January 18, 2014 New York, Newsday 
... Hunters and animal rights activists stood side by side in East Hampton Saturday, protesting a plan to kill as many as 3,000 deer on the East End of Long Island ... "For the first time you're able to see animal activists and hunters get together on something that they both believe in," said Michael Tessitore of East Quogue, founder of Hunters for Deer ...

East Hampton, Don't Miss: 'No Cull' Demonstration Against Deer Sharpshooter Program Saturday January 17, 2014 New York, Patch.com 
... An East Hampton group opposing the sharpshooter deer cull program will take to the streets Saturday in protest of the plan.... "Public officials have talked about a 'deer emergency' and 'epidemic,' but the available data suggest that the East Hampton deer population may well be declining,"  ... The goal is to eliminate 2,000 to 3,000 deer in one of the largest government deer removals ever undertaken...

Dog quarantines aimed at protecting deer January 17, 2014 Observer-Dispatch ... When the snow gets deep, deer become more susceptible to predators... That is why the town of New Hartford and Oneida County recently enacted dog quarantines to remind owners to confine or leash dogs so they're not running loose attacking, chasing or worrying deer...

Southland, Long Island, Residents Plea for Deer Solutions at Sharpshooter Meeting January 17, 2014 New York, Patch.com
... the proposed sharpshooter program to cull the deer herd ... fireworks between members of the group Hunters for Deer, LLC, founded by Mike Tessitore. ... "You want to take our deer, but we won't let you ... You might as well pack up your stuff and go." ... Other hunters asked why the USDA program had to happen immediately; Tessitore said accidents related to deer are actually down statewide... [comment from audience]:  once the major media outlets publicized the "epidemic proportions of Lyme disease" in Southold, property values would plummet. [deer density generally not related to Lyme disease]

East Hampton, Long Island,  Deer Defenders Rally January 16, 2014  New York, East Hampton Star
... the New York law firm Devereaux, Baumgarten filed suit on behalf of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center of the Hamptons, and 15 residents to stop the cull...  the Nature Trail in East Hampton Village features wildlife photographs by Dell Cullum, who is from Amagansett and works in the rescue and removal of wildlife. Mr. Cullum, whose photography appears in The Star, has protested the planned cull by removing his photographs, one of which depicts deer, from the kiosk...

Hastings To Begin Deer Birth Control Project In February January 15, 2014 New York, rivertowns.dailyvoice.com
... Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski outlined the village's five-year plan to administer birth control to the resident deer population beginning in February at a meeting of potential volunteers ...  Tuft University's Dr. Allen Rutberg and Rick Naugle of the Humane Society, female deer will be tranquilized then administered the birth control PZP, short for porcine zona pellucida, a pig protein that poses no risk to people, animals or the environment. ...

Teatown, Judge refuses to block deer killing at Teatown Lake Reservation January 15, 2014 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal 
...  the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shoot deer over four nights... Two neighbors seeking to stop the deer management plan filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court in White Plains ... Supreme Court Justice Lester Adler on Tuesday afternoon denied their request ...

... The Deer Management Focus Area (DMFA) program was initiated in 2012 in the Ithaca area to expand the use of hunting to assist local communities burdened with overabundant deer populations, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  The DMFA encompasses 60,000 acres of land ...

Deer Entangled In Recycling Container Lid January 15, 2014 New York, Patch.com
... Upper Nyack residents have reported seeing a deer with a blue recycling container lid stuck around its neck for the past several months...

Teatown, Use fences, not bullets, to rid Teatown land of deer January 13, 2014 New York, lohud.com
... Qualified wildlife experts agree that rifle fire “culls” do not reduce the deer population because of a “rebound effect.”  The deer population increases after a slaughter because the cull results in more food being available to the surviving deer. As a result, the females become more fertile, giving birth to twins and triplets... Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Ph.D., a professor of botany and the director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has signed a sworn affidavit that since anti-deer fencing was installed he had not seen a single deer inside the gardens...

Protest Scheduled Against Deer Cull in East Hampton on Long Island January 13, 2014 New York
     According to anthrozoologist John Di Leonardo, “The absolute dismissal of alternatives by East Hampton and other town/village officials is outrageous and will not be kept quiet. As people will see on the 18th, there is nothing about this plan that is either scientific or humane.” ... Bill Crain of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife says, “The available data suggest that there has actually been a decrease in the East Hampton deer population. ... The rally will be in East Hampton, NY, starting at the Hook windmill (across from Citarella), Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 1:00pm 

The smallest to the largest deer January 12, 2014 New York, greecepost.com
... The coues deer of Arizona are small, but they are still generally around 20 percent larger than the Keys deer [Florida]... The largest whitetail subspecies is generally considered to be O. v. borealis, or the Northern (woodland) white-tailed deer. It can be found from northern Maine and central Canada south to the northern tier of states...

... With just weeks left before the Long Island Farm Bureau plans to hire USDA sharpshooters to cull the East End’s deer herd, opposition to the program is continuing to grow.... East Hampton Group for Wildlife President Bill Crain ... said Wednesday that East Hampton’s arial survey of the deer population last year showed there were only 877 deer in the town, down from 3,293 counted in a ground survey in 2006....

Deer harvest numbers are increasing January 8, 2014 New York, Observer-Review.com
... the projected adult male deer harvest in the area is expected to rise. In Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 8R, an area of 270 square miles that encompasses most of Yates County, and parts of Schuyler and Steuben Counties, the annual buck take has increased in each of the last six years. The 2013 deer harvest forecast (found at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/deerforecastr8.pdf) ...

... Sharpshooters could kill up to 75 deer at Teatown Lake Reservation this winter ... Westchester County in the fall allowed its fifth season of bowhunting in several parks. Mianus River Gorge Preserve and the Westmoreland Sanctuary, both in Bedford, hold annual deer hunts. In February, researchers in Hastings-on-Hudson will begin tranquilizing and injecting deer with a contraceptive vaccine to control their numbers....

... The East Hampton Group for Wildlife, which already filed suit against the town, village, and town trustees, has organized a "No Cull" rally and demonstration on Jan. 18. ...

Deer take figures likely to mirror trends January 5, 2014 New York, Auburn Citizen
... The total deer take numbers will not be available for several weeks. But Steven Joule, DEC Region 7 wildlife manager, informed me that he had not received information to make him conclude total numbers this year would be significantly different in either direction from the three-year average...

Coyote Problem In County Leads To Lack Of Deer January 4, 2014 New York, Post-Journal 
...  in Chautauqua County.   ... Where are all the deer? ...  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one of the major problems with deer numbers is the coyote... 

New York Times comes out in favor of hunting January 4, 2014 New York,  American Thinker 
The gun-hating, anti-hunting liberals at the New York Times editorial board are all in favor of hunting as long as the targets are deer whose exploding population is making life miserable for the rich and famous in the Hamptons ..."Marksmen" sounds so much more professional than "hunters."  Almost clinical. Certainly nobody clad in dayglo organge vests or plaids in terrible taste...

They are going to kill many deer in long island so i made this video to help get the word out and hope more people will sign the online petition to help our long island deer this february they are going to kill 3000 to 5000 deer .this is most brutal way these sharp shooters are know to torture these deer since their is on line proof .please click on this link to save our deer http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-... also watch these to see the truth how these sharp shooters brutaly kill our deer http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neOr8F... - December 31, 2013 New York



... Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, has blasted the proposed program.  John Di Leonardo, president of LION, said ... "Wildlife services is just a killing agency that hopes to keep the long-term problem alive so that they can keep returning to take more tax-payer money every year. They care nothing about Long Islanders, whether those Islanders are human or wildlife." ...

With deer season over, are they safe now? December 27, 2013 New York, The Journal Register (Medina& NY)
... Deer can lose up to 30 percent of their weight during the winter and still survive, but after that point it becomes fatal. As a result, it is important that the deer go into winter with a good surplus of fat ... the key to the deer’s survival during the dead of winter is to stay inactive so as not to burn precious calories. Fawns can go a month without eating and make it to the spring. Adult does may go over two months...

East Hampton, Suit Aims to Stop Deer Harvest December 26, 2013 New York, East Hampton Star 
... The complaint challenges the validity of the plan itself, disputing a causal relationship between deer and the prevalence of Lyme disease, and citing statistics on deer populations and Lyme disease in other parts of the state that do not support such causality. It also disputes the town’s claim that deer-vehicle collisions have increased over the past decade...

Sharp Controversy Surrounding a Williamsville Cemetery December 26, 2013 New York, WKBW-TV
... Two more deer, a mother and her fawn, were found dead ... Deer continue to try to jump the rod iron fence lining the grounds... Animal Allies of Western New York Director Morgan Dunbar says Forest Lawn tried to put up shields to cover every spike, hoping to protect the deer, but never finished its project...

Suit Filed Over Deer Cull in East Hampton December 23, 2013 New York, The Sag Harbor Express
... The Montauk-based East Hampton Group for the Wildlife and the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons in Hampton Bays, along with 15 residents, filed suit on in Supreme Court Thursday against East Hampton Town, East Hampton Village and the East Hampton Town Trustees. In the suit, they ask for a temporary restraining order against the town’s comprehensive deer management plan ...

NY agency reports preliminary deer hunting results December 23, 2013 New York, The Wall Street Journal 
...  it looks like hunters killed slightly more deer than last year, but not enough to meet population reduction goals in targeted areas...

... Police say the teens, both males, also had a compound bow with them and were using a spotlight when the deer was killed...

Riverhead Opts Out of Sharpshooter Deer Solution December 21, 2013 New York, Patch.com
...  the town plans to ... open up 700 acres in Wildwood State Park and a park in Jamesport for hunting ...

East Hampton OKs plan to cull deer on the East End December 20, 2013 New York, News 12 Long Island
... The move comes despite numerous angry objections of several speakers who came forward during a board meeting. An online petition bearing more than 8,000 signatures was also presented by the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island...

East Hampton Village votes to OK deer sharpshooters December 20, 2013 New York, Newsday
     East Hampton Village's town board voted unanimously Friday to approve a plan to use federal sharpshooters to kill as many as 3,000 deer on eastern Long Island this winter...

East Hampton, Deer-Culling Opponents File Suit Against East Hampton Town December 20, 2013 New York, 27east.com
... The petitioners, which include residents, as well as the East Hampton Group for Wildlife and the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, on Wednesday filed suit against the town and village of East Hampton, as well as the Town Trustees and all the town's hamlets, requesting temporary restraining order from acting on the town's deer management plan ...

     The first weekend of the Southern Zone (SZ) regular season typically accounts for 25-30% of the total statewide deer take. This year, reported deer take during the opening 2 days of the SZ regular season ran about 9% below reported take during the opening weekend in 2012. Likely this was due to the warm weather and abundant natural foods which may have reduced deer movements. Typically, these opening weekend effects tend to wash out over time as the season progresses. However, the reporting gap widened during the week before Thanksgiving to about 15% fewer reports than 2012. Fortunately, following Thanksgiving, hunters closed the gap and we ended with harvest reports during the SZ season slightly exceeding the 2012 level (up 1%)...

Outcry in Eastern Long Island Over a Plan to Cull Deer December 19, 2013 New York, New York Times
... The overall goal is to eliminate 2,000 to 3,000 deer of a population officials have put at between 25,000 and 35,000, one of the largest government deer removals ever undertaken. ...  farmers were suffering crop damage ...  In 2006, the wildlife group paid for a ground survey in the town of East Hampton. The tally was 3,293 deer. This year, the town commissioned an aerial survey. Its count was 877. Local officials dismiss the new survey as flawed... [A Petition from the The Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island opposing the use of sharpshooters]

New Hunters' Group Urges Sharpshooters To Put Down Guns December 18, 2013 New York, Patch.com
... According to its website, Hunters for Deer LLC. is an advocacy group for hunters on Long Island who have joined together with hunting groups and local businesses to stop the culling of 3000 white-tailed deer from the five East End by United States Department of Agriculture sharpshooters, or "snipers," they said.

Opposition To East End Deer Culling Grows December 18, 2013 New York, 27east 
... the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation ... asked its supporters to join with the newly formed Wildlife Preservation Coalition, which compiled the petition [see right column on this page] locally and through an online effort, in opposing the deer killing program being organized by the Long Island Farm Bureau....

New York Bow Hunting Success Rates December 13, 2013 TimesUnion.com
... New York's 260,000 or so bowhunters took 36,208 deer last year, for a success rate of about 14 percent... Muzzleloaders also numbered about 260,000 last year, and their success rate was a bit above 6 percent... 

Long Island, The East End Deer Dilemma December 11, 2013 New York,  sagharboronline.com 
... Beginning in February, the farm bureau will bring USDA sharpshooters to the East End to cull the deer population, now estimated at 25,000..  some 4,000 people have signed a petition by the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island [at right] which opposes this plan based on what it feels are inhumane methods of culling — the luring of deer to bait stations, pursuit from mobile units or tree stands, or capture in drop nets before being shot...

Long Island, Deer Lovers Demand Sharp Shooters Stay Away December 9, 2013 New York, Patch.com
... More than 2,500 outraged residents have signed a petition demanding politicians immediately stop efforts to institute a sharpshooter program aimed at culling the deer herd on the East End.[see petition link near top of column at right] ... "The USDA sharpshooter program might not solve the problem but it could be the key ingredient," Russell said, adding that the town would commit $25,000 of the $75,000 allocated in the budget for deer issues 

Video urges protection of white deer at former depot December 9, 2013 New York, Finger Lakes Times 
... When the Army officially leaves the former Seneca Army Depot in 2015, it will no longer maintain the fences and manage the unique white deer herd and other wildlife inside.  That is a concern of Seneca White Deer , a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the natural environment of the 10,700-acre former depot... see video below ...

Newark deer deemed ‘nuisance’ December 8, 2013 New York, waynepost.com 
... DEC Senior Biologist Arthur Kirsch ... cited the low number of car-deer accidents, which average 14 a year, only moderate damage to plants and healthy looking deer herds ... “Newark does not appear to have a deer problem ...

Riverhead sets Dec. 16 lottery for January deer hunt on town land December 8, 2013 New York, riverheadlocal.com
... Riverhead’s wildlife management committee will again conduct a lottery for deer hunting ... Hunters may use a shotgun, using a single ball or slug, or a muzzleloading rifle, shooting a single projectile ... 

New York must act to protect wildlife December 5, 2013 Buffalo News
... Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD is similar to mad-cow disease, but it infects members of the deer and elk family. It has no cure and is always fatal... already been found in almost half of the states in this country, including New York, where it was first found on captive deer farms...

Deer trapped in East Islip foundation rescued December 4, 2013 New York, Newsday
...  real estate agents spotted a seven-point buck and a doe that fell into a deep foundation ...  a town payloader dug soil from the property and dumped five buckets full into a corner of the foundation... "They saw a way out, and they took it," ...

... The ditched deer spotted by DNAinfo this morning in Washington Heights was especially terrifying, as it had "visible stitches down the front of its torso and screws where the antlers used to be." ...


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New York Data: Estimated 1,000,000 deer in the state in 2013, pre-hunt. Post-hunt, 800,000. Generally increasing deer population, but down in some areas attributed to coyote predation.   A mild 2011 - 2012 winter resulted in a greater survival rate for fawns and an abundance of apples and nuts in 2013 provided food for many types of wildlife. From 550,00 to 500,000 hunters take about 220,000 deer per year, about 25 percent on opening day. The state has increased antlerless harvests to reduce the population. About $35 million in license sales and federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition.  Deer were nearly exterminated from New York by the 1860s, reappearing around 1910.  Suburbs provide ideal deer habitat where deer thrive and have caused conflicts in areas such as Long Island and Cayuga Heights where deer management strategies are a matter of public controlvery.  Hunting data
      About 2,500 brown bears

DEC's Management Plan for White-tailed Deer in New York State, 2012-2016.

Report Sick Deer:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. Report sightings to its office in Ray Brook by calling 518-897-1200. Or report it to your nearest DEC regional wildlife office (www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html).


Other useful links:
-  New York Department of Environmental Conservation
General Mission: "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being." DMP Quota Setting
-  Cornell University Integrated Deer Research and Management Study: 
The goal is to reduce deer associated complaints using fertility control research, fencing, and repellents.
CayugaDeer,org information about deer management in the city of Cayuga Heights.
Senecawhitedeer.org proposes a tourist facility at the former Depot that would feature not only the white deer, but the fascinating military history of the site and the other wildlife “beyond the fence.”  Help protect the world's largest herd of white deer by contributing.
East Hampton Group for Wildlife: promotes respect for all species of wildlife and explores humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts. 
- Deer Search WNY, helping hunters track wounded animals.

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     The history of white-tailed deer in New York is tied closely to the patterns of human land use and development. In their 1956 document, History of the White-tailed Deer in New York (3.8Mb PDF), former DEC biologists C.W. Severinghaus and C.P. Brown describe the distribution and abundance of deer in New York in pre-Colonial times and from the Colonial Period through the mid-1950s. 

Late Winter Deer shot in Mendon Ponds Park