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Arguing for a multi-pronged attacks on ticks are Deer & Tick Committee members, from left, Jim Colligan and Dr. Vincent DiGregorio.
Shelter Island’s Deer & Tick Committee is close to completing a white paper it hopes will educate the community about tick-borne diseases and what is being done here to combat them.
Committee members generally favor a multi-faceted approach that includes use of 4-posters, culling the herd and educating the public. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Dr. Daniel Gilrein, an entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, answered some Reporter’s questions on tick management.
With the ongoing controversy over costs and effectiveness of the 4-poster program aimed at lessening the tick population on Shelter Island, the Reporter put questions to two leading experts. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | About 75 percent of voters who took the Reporter’s online poll favored continuing the 4-poster program.
The results are in for the Reporter’s online Deer & Tick poll, conducted from late Friday afternoon to early Tuesday morning. (more…)
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Deer and ticks.
These two — separate and aligned — have dominated the public discussion on the Island for years, at Town Hall, at civic association meetings, on the Reporter’s news, OpEd and letters’ pages.
Recently the idea of a public referendum was floated by Councilman Ed Brown at a Town Board meeting to ask voters how they would fund deer management and the 4-poster program, which is a series of feeding stands that brush deer with a chemical, permetherin, that kills ticks. That idea seems to have been tabled for the moment.
The board also, at the suggestion of Councilman Peter Reich, discussed sending out a questionnaire to residents to get a sense of where the community is on the all-important issue. The board is currently considering the idea.
The Reporter has put together a poll and asks you to weigh in on some of the critical questions facing the Island. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Councilman Ed Brown got an earful from resident Richard Kelly at Tuesday’s Town Board work session. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Mr. Brown.
A resident stepping outside Town Hall after the Town Board’s work session Tuesday smiled and said, “It’s a little cooler out here.”
The heat in the meeting room he’d just left had nothing to do with the thermostat, but more to do with an angry resident aggressively questioning a board member. It go to a point where Richard Kelly was shouting, waving a copy of the Reporter around and eventually flinging it to the floor in disgust. (more…)