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06/29/18 12:13pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Biologist Sue Booth-Binczik told attendees at the Thursday night Deer & Tick Forum to set goals and realize that reducing the deer herd is critical to cutting down on tick-borne diseases.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Biologist Sue Booth-Binczik told attendees at the Thursday night Deer & Tick Forum to set goals and realize that reducing the deer herd is critical to cutting down on tick-borne diseases.

If there’s a single indicator that tick-borne diseases are of critical interest to Islanders, it was manifested by more than 100 people who came out on a rainy Thursday night to hear strategies to combat the illnesses. (more…)

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06/27/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Dr. Scott Campbell

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Dr. Scott Campbell will be on hand for Thursday evening’s forum.

Shelter Island’s Deer & Tick Committee is sponsoring an educational forum Thursday evening at the Shelter Island School auditorium with three key speakers who will address issues concerning Islanders.

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05/07/18 10:06am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Deer feeding at a 4-poster unit.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Deer feeding at a 4-poster unit.

The hunt continues for someone to test venison that has been exposed to the tickicide permethrin.

Testing has been done in other parts of the country where permethrin was used on 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with the chemical — as it is here, but the Island may be the one community in the nation that has employed it for the most longest period of time.

At issue is the long-term safety of the meat taken from the deer and also if the tickicide is still effective or the ticks have developed an immunity to it. (more…)

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04/25/18 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Retiring as chairman of the Deer & Tick Committee and as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve, Mike Scheibel (center) received a commendation from the Town Board Tuesday for his years of service. Supervisor Gary Gerth, left, and Councilman Jim Colligan presented a plaque.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Retiring as chairman of the Deer & Tick Committee and as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve, Mike Scheibel (center) received a commendation from the Town Board Tuesday for his years of service. Supervisor Gary Gerth, left, and Councilman Jim Colligan presented him with a plaque.

The Town Board learned at Tuesday’s work session that the Deer & Tick Committee will either ask for a reallocation of its money or more funding for its 2019 budget.

Listening to an account of efforts made in the 2017-18 hunting season, members heard about a successful pilot “Nuisance Wildlife Control Officers” (NWCO) program that killed 50 deer during the February and March hunt on some town-managed properties. (more…)