The Village Preservation Society of East Hampton announced late last week that it would provide a $5,000 grant this year to help start a program to spay female deer in the Village of East Hampton.
According to a press release issued last week, the society conducted two informational forums over the last four years, which brought experts in deer management to the area, including Dr. Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo, Inc., a leader in the field of deer spaying as a form of population control.
In addition, new, relaxed requirements for where bow hunting can take place were approved last month by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in an effort to allow increased hunting locally.
“Statistics show that 50 percent of the herd must be killed each year to keep pace with the birth rate,” said the society’s chairwoman, Joan D. Osborne. “The new DEC discharge limits will have little impact in the village, and the hunting community will be hard pressed to kill half the herd each year. Another method must be introduced to bring the herd to sustainable levels. We know that spaying is 100-percent effective at controlling reproduction and would be an easier method to employ in the village.”
The preservation society provides a $5,000 grant annually for historic preservation projects and also funds initiatives that it believes are important quality-of-life issues.
“This is our first grant for deer management, and we are hopeful the village board will provide a line item in its upcoming budget so private funding of this important project will no longer be necessary,” said preservation society grants committee chairwoman Andree Dean.
The grant will be contingent upon commitment by the village board to follow through on a deer spaying program within a reasonable time frame.