Shelter Island: Town asked to double its 15-unit 4-poster program October 14, 2011 New York

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Town asked to double its 15-unit 4-poster program October 14, 2011 New York, Shelter Island Reporter

The Town Board should budget for a $150,000-a-year 4-poster program that would put 30 units in the field covering half the Island in alternating years, the town Deer and Tick Committee has recommended.... [entomologist Daniel Gilrein of Suffolk County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension] presented data showing that 4-posters increased indirect contacts among deer “but not direct contacts,” which he said countered a theory that the 4-poster system could cause the spread of disease — one of the reasons the state forbids feeding or “baiting” deer....The chemical did not impact deer population growth or reproductive success and the 4-poster program did not increase deer-vehicle collisions, according to the final report ...

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