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Public Forum on Deer Control Next Week

Posted on 11 July 2013

The East Hampton Village Preservation Society will host a public forum on deer control at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street in East Hampton on Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m.

Dr. Anthony DeNicola, the co-founder and president of White Buffalo, Inc., a not-for-profit wildlife management and research organization that looks at population control in an effort to conserve native species and ecosystems, will be a guest speaker.

Dr. DeNicola has coordinated deer reproductive control projects, including a recent sterilization project in the Village of Cayuga Heights in New York.

The forum will focus on topics like doe sterilization as an approach to counter deer populations compared to more lethal methods of deer management like culling of a herd.

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  1. Louann Partridge says:

    I am a resident of a retirement community of approximately 4500 residents in San Jose, California. We are located in the foothills and have a resident deer herd that was estimated at 170-180 animals. The boards of directors of our community made a decision in fall of 2012 to decrease the size of the herd and hired Anthony DiNicola and White Buffalo to reduce the number. In January/February 2013 operating under a ‘research permit’ issued by the California Department of Fish and Game, White Buffalo performed ovarectomies and tubal ligations on approximately 100 female deer in our community. The majority of these does were pregnant and those who were given ovarectomies subsequently aborted the fetuses they were carrying within a few days in most cases. Following surgery these deer were transported to another location and left to recover from anesthesia without observation – a concern since we have predators in our area who might have preyed on the sedated deer.

    There seems to be a very critical problem with overpopulation of deer in the US, but I and many of my associates urge your community to look into alternative ways to address the problem. Look for HUMANE ways to deal with the situation. We suggest that you research on the Internet – places like Solon, Ohio, and Cayuga Heights, New York and Princeton, New Jersey which have had experience with this problem and have utilized the services of White Buffalo in an attempt to deal with the situation. There are also UTube films that you might want to see.

    Before taking steps to address the issue in your community, we recommend that your community:
    > – thoroughly research the issue and what other communities have done.

    > There have been a number of inhumane, tragic and even dangerous attempts (sharp-shooters killing deer from neighborhood resident porches while school buses are passing by in Cayuga Heights or ‘net and bolting’ as seen in uTube videos )

    > -look at the circumstances that may have led up to the problem (in our case the fencing of our entire community may have been a big contributor to the problem because it kept the deer in a somewhat isolated and protected environment)
    > -carefully investigate the ‘experts’ who claim to have a solution-get several references and check into those references
    > -look for alternative measures – the following article gives an idea of other solutions that are being developed:

    ‘A Kinder, Gentler Way to Thin the Deer Herd’ BY LISA W. FODERARO -
    Hastings-on-Hudson hopes to become the first suburb in the United States to control the deer population through contraception. Recently published in the NY Times ( )

    > -try to work with your state’s fish and game dept. before any permits are issued

    My colleagues and I sincerely hope that this information will be of help to your community and the deer who live there.

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