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Opponents Will Protest East Hampton's Planned Sharpshooter Deer Cull Program

The East Hampton Group for Wildlife will hold a "No Cull" rally and demonstration, starting at the Hook Mill, on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.

A deer in Springs Credit: Romaine Gordon
A deer in Springs Credit: Romaine Gordon

An East Hampton group opposing the sharpshooter deer cull program will take to the streets in protest later this month.

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.

"We want to express, in a visible way, the depth of opposition to the deer cull," said Bill Craine, a Montauk resident and the founder for the East Hampton Group for Wildlife. "Every day I receive emails from East Hampton residents who say they are 'appalled' and 'sickened' by the plan to use sharpshooters to kill hundreds of deer. They ask, 'How can I help stop this?'"

The Long Island Farm Bureau secured $200,000 in grant funding to embark upon the United State Department of Agriculture's sharpshooter program to reduce the number of deer on the East End and in the Town of Brookhaven. The goal is to eliminate 2,000 to 3,000 deer in one of the largest government deer removals ever undertaken.

The program was estimated to cost about $500,000, with towns and villages agreeing to participate and provide additional funding. Riverhead Town is the only town so far to opt out of the program, though the Town of Southampton is still undecided.

Craine said there has there has been much enthusiasm for the demonstration so far.

"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," he said, pointing to a ground survey his group commissioned in 2006 that estimated there were 3,293 deer. The town-commissioned aerial survey counted 877.

"Despite different methodologies, the surveys point to population reduction. It’s possible that a cull could devastate the deer population in our town," Craine said.

Those who want to speak out against the deer cull planned in East Hampton will gather at the Hook Mill in the village on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. and march in single file along the sidewalks to Herrick Park, where they will stand for 20 to 30 minutes facing Newtown Lane.

Craine knew of no other rallies planned on the East End, as he said he has only heard from one resident outside of East Hampton.

Do you plan on attending the rally and demonstration? Tell us in the comments below.

mtpock13 January 06, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Yes, I plan on attending the protest, I am not in favor of sharpshooters culling the herd! M,Brown
Chloe 1 January 07, 2014 at 07:19 AM
I'm there.
Gail Simons January 07, 2014 at 07:33 AM
See you there!
Richard Rubens January 07, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Pour DEER !!!!!! We hope this this is a bad joke Are these beautiful deer attacking woman and children ? Or Are they simply keeping the humans from speeding on our roads and killing each other ?
Lady L January 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM
When the population of deer exceed the vegetation they develop disease and starve to death. The forest undergrowth has been denuded by the multiple herds that forage on anything possible during the winter. In their wanderings they destroy homeowners vegetation, spread ticks throughout our yards and destroy fencing to protect our vegetable gardens (mine is 9 ft high and they have gone over, under and through it). I support the deer hunters of every type, farmers, local hunters and DEC as necessary, to bring down the overpopulated herds that have no natural predators.
Carmen Adriana January 07, 2014 at 10:57 AM
I will be there. There is no evidence that culling a heard in this manner is effective in the long run.
Diane Tepper January 07, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Barbaric idea to kill these beautiful, vulnerable members of the world. I will be in EH to show my support to keep the deer alive. Diane Tepper, montauk and manhattan
Lady L January 07, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Long term? Long term, Carmen, with one to three fawns born each spring to most does, means they will replenish their numbers within a couple years. In natural settings the bear, coyote and other carnivores, will take out the young, old, and ill. Since you are so concerned about the deer population, please research and find a way to decrease their numbers, without hormones and toxins, and stops the spread of disease. Those of you from Manhattan need to walk across our lawns, which are mine fields of their fecal droppings, one of the usual spots where ticks are deposited...besides brushing up alongside shrubs and trees - so stay out of the woods, or you'll be the next one with Lyme or any other the other 4 tick borne diseases epidemic in our area.
Darren Gengarelly Sr. January 07, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Your wasting your time Lady L. Ask them how many anti DWI rallies they will be at next week. Find a real cause people.They are part of natures food chain.
Richard Rubens January 07, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Wow
Richard Rubens January 07, 2014 at 03:36 PM
We need to send a message to the DEER population -- Be ware of Humans
Chloe 1 January 07, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Does anybody know what they are using to shoot the deer with ?
Chloe 1 January 07, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Cause I thought rifles were illegal to use on Long Island cause a bullet can travel so far.
Conservative Underground January 08, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Ah yes, they know nothing about what they are protesting so let ignorance be their shield. Talk about another herd that needs to thinned out a bit.
Darren Gengarelly Sr. January 08, 2014 at 06:59 AM
So anyone for an anti DWI rally? After all a women was just murdered by a drunk on the 5th in Hampton Bays. Well?………….Bunch of hypocrites...
the owl January 08, 2014 at 01:04 PM
The rapacious FARRELL construction company will soon make sure that there is no natural habitat left for any wild creature, and no house that any of the locals can afford. THAT is called progress.
Jimmy King January 10, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Yes an Anti DWI rally is a GREAT Idea. Since taking away their right to drive and putting them in prison isn't working, maybe a couple of yahoos walking around with signs will do the trick. Next time I'm in a bar and the bartender asks me if I'd like another, I'm gonna say "Are you kidding me? Didn't you see those people with signs walking up and down the street."

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