AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel speaking at the Town Board works session Tuesday.
A review by the Town Board at its Tuesday work session to fine-tune a planned survey of residents on tick-borne diseases and controlling the deer population turned, as it has for years whenever the subject is broached, to an argument over the safety and effectiveness of the 4-poster program. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne (second from right) told committee member Marc Wein (left) he wouldn’t release original emails he received containing comments on the proposed Deer & Tick survey without a Freedom of Information request. Also pictured are committee member Dr. James Bevilacqua and committee secretary Amanda Gutiw.
There will be some quick steps this week to try to rescue a survey of public opinion on how the Deer & Tick Committee members should be proceeding with efforts to tackle tick-borne diseases. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Deer feeding at a Shelter Island 4-poster unit.
The Deer & Tick Committee could be discussing a study of 4-posters — feeding stands that brush deer with a tickicide, permethrin — that advises against employing them.
A 53-page report issued in February by the Fairfax County [Virginia] Police Department’s Animal Service Division and the Fairfax County Health Department, recommended not to continue a three-year deployment of 20 units that has provided one unit for every 50 to 70 acres. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee member Marc Wein has won the day in persuading his colleagues to agree that money must be found to study long term affects of 4-posters units.
Shelter Island’s Deer & Tick Committee is primed to take a look at what’s working and what’s not in its effort to reduce tick-borne diseases.
There are reasons to question, some members say, the use of 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with a tickicide, permethrin — and the effectiveness of money allocated to try to increase the number of deer culled. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Using water, veterinarian William Zitek, a former member of the Deer & Tick Committee, demonstrated for then supervisor Alfred Kilb Jr. the equivalent amount of permethrin that is applied to deer in an oil-based mixture when they feed at 4-poster units.
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The Russians landed the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft on the moon becoming the first controlled landing on the surface and demonstrating through pictures it sent back that the surface is rock hard, not composed of eons of dust deposits. (more…)