The Village of East Hampton announced last month at its annual budget presentation that monies for the 2014-2015 budget have been allocated for a deer sterilization program, said Rebecca Molinaro, the village administrator.
To-date $30,000 has been appropriated. The new financial year begins August 1 and the village intends to authorize the initiative at that time. The entire cost of the program is estimated to be between $100,000 and $130,000.
The sterilization program will begin during the start of January 2015. In the meantime, the village will secure the appropriate licenses from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Newsday reports that the program was adopted after a successful lobbying initiative by the Village Preservation Society of East Hampton.
The cost of the program is approximately $1,000 per female deer sterilized. The program is an alternative to the proposed deer cull involving U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters which divided the community earlier this year. The plan to cull the deer population was halted after concerned residents filed lawsuits and organized protests.
CBS News reports that other communities in Westchester have used a similar program to control the deer population. The village of Hastings-on-Hudson successfully launched a sterilization effort that used a technique called immunocontraception. The does are tranquilized, tagged and injected with birth control that prevents conception for two years.