The Town of East Hampton's deer management plan has drawn criticism, as evident by a two-hour public hearing on Thursday night.
Newsday reported that the plan, which calls for a five-year effort to cull the deer population at first and then find other methods to keep the heard down, didn't garner much support from residents at the meeting. There are those who believe the part of the proposal that calls for killing hundreds of deer is too cruel, while others think the deer population will rebound just as fast as its killed off.
Others that spoke out said the plan is too expensive. Organized hunts were estimated at $80,000 to $100,000.
"I think most of them didn't read the report," said Councilman Dominick J. Stanzione, who spearheaded the work on the plan.
Other government agencies are currently reviewing the plan. East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. has lent his support to the plan (see attached letter).
What do you think about the plan? Click here to read the proposal.