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…)
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…)
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…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO
About 30 percent of Islanders who received surveys from the Deer & Tick Committee responded by the first week of September, according to Animal Control Officer Beau Payne.
“I’m sort of shocked,” Mr. Payne said about what he called a “pretty significant” number of responses, with approximately 1,000 received. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO
A deer brushing against a permetrin soaked post as it feeds at a 4-poster unit.
Are there dangers to long-term use of the tickicide permethrin? The town’s Deer & Tick Committee doesn’t want to discuss the possibility.