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What Our Readers Think: Controlling Deer Populations

A roundup of reader comments.

On Thursday, Patch published an article about the Department of Environmental Conservation expanding 15-year-old deer hunting boundaries in an effort to control Suffolk County's deer population.

Patch readers had a lot to say on the subject both in support and in opposition. The following is a round-up of their comments. Feel free to continue the conversation by logging into to Patch and posting your thoughts in the comment section below.

Jerry Can said, "I do hope they have a successful season as the roads have become too dangerous recently with deer's crossing. It's also a cruel way for them to die on the side of a road."

PATRIOT said the "DEC should be thanked for common sense decision in this problem. Time to break out the Bonac recipe book."

Peconic Sunset wrote, "Slow down drivers, the deer will be erratic as the hunters run them ragged."

27 EAST added, "Who says the deer are over populated? I thought last year they eradicated most of the deer in Hampton Bays. Why can't we coexist with their territory?"

And on Facebook, Bob Goida said, "They were here first — get rid of the humans — bring back their natural predators — Oh & definitely get rid of the 'hunters' — unless they use their bare hands, it isn't fair."

Lee Jackson responded, "or... capture them and ship them off to some nation that's short on food."

Now it's your turn. Post your thoughts below.

highhatsize January 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM
to Jaguar-Guy: Nancy? Nancy! Puh-leeze! Did your creative juices dry up after "Fancy-Boy Dandy?"
Bonac Refugee January 11, 2013 at 11:48 PM
High Hat You are welcome to continue with the "telling arguments".For my part the offer I made stands.I make you the same offer I make all prospective new hunters.I will loan you a flintlock rifle,field dress your first deer and for you I will make sure my buddy brings a couple of extra veggie burgers for lunch.You will need to take a hunter safety course first though.The state offers it for free just contact the DEC.
joe hampton January 12, 2013 at 01:59 AM
yes gail we have herd it before , There is a thing called property rights ever hard of them? I have the right to put up a fence and plant esthetically pleasing trees, I do not wish to look at haunted sticks in my yard.I have 5 acres and not a deer anywhere in sight. My fence works great. It cost a fortune but I do not want to make it any easier to get Lyme disease and I love my landscaping. It also stops the nosy mushroom collectors and snoopy over paid code inspectors from trying to look in my yard.
Karesse Grenier January 21, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I am electing to put a deer fence around the vegetable garden and be diligent about deer ticks as best as possible. Part of the reason ticks are such a problem is because the winters have not been cold enough to kill them from year to year. Climate change...and humans are responsible for that ...NOT deer.
Jeremy Goncalves March 24, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Go home tree hugger

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