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04/12/18 4:30pm
DON BINDLER PHOTO The kits are alright. These curious young foxes were taking the spring air outside their den one morning this week.

DON BINDLER PHOTO The kits are alright. These curious young foxes were taking the spring air outside their den one morning this week.

Red foxes are making a comeback on the Island.

Although it was never entirely depleted, the Island’s fox population was drastically low for many years, with sightings of them few and far between. But now, the vibrant red canine appears to be thriving once again. (more…)

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04/09/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne, right, shared updated deer hunt statistics with members of the Deer & Tick Committee, including committee member Dr. Jim Bevilacqua at left.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Animal Control Officer Beau Payne, right, shared updated deer hunt statistics with members of the Deer & Tick Committee, including committee member Dr. Jim Bevilacqua at left.

The Deer & Tick Committee has declared the pilot Nuisance Wildlife Control Officers (NWCO) program a success and it’s expected to be expanded in 2019.

The program uses specially licensed local hunters who are paid for their efforts based on the number of deer they butcher. (more…)

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03/27/18 8:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The Gallup Poll announced that in a three-way race for the presidency, Richard Nixon would get 41 percent of votes to Lyndon Johnson’s 39 percent and Alabama Governor George Wallace, 11 percent.

President Johnson announced in a televised speech that he would not be a candidate for re-election, although most accounts link that not to the Gallup Poll but to an editorial by CBS newsman Walter Cronkite who spoke out against the Vietnam War.

More than 150 Columbia University members of Students for a Democratic Society occupied the school’s administration building over continued association with the Institute for Defense Analysis, a nonprofit corporation administering federally funded research.

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first person to travel to outer space, was killed in a training accident in an MIG-15UTI that crashed near Kirzhach.

Actress Lucy Lawless, who starred in the title role of the television series, “Xena: Warrior Princess,” was born in New Zealand.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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03/09/18 8:00am
COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND A chart of results from the Deer & Tick survey released last October.

COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND A chart of results from the Deer & Tick survey released last October.

For the second month in a row, members of the Deer & Tick Committee tried to answer a question: Should Animal Control Officer Beau Payne spend part of his work hours hunting, especially during the February-March so-called “nuisance hunt” permit season? (more…)

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02/13/18 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mike Scheibel announced his retirement from as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mike Scheibel announced his retirement  as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel will retire from his position as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4, coinciding with his resignation from the committee.

Mr. Scheibel made the announcement, which has been rumored for some time, at the end of the February 7 committee meeting, telling members he regrets not being able to see the process of conquering the Island’s tick problem resolved, although he’s pleased with progress made to date. (more…)