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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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07/03/17 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Councilman Jim Colligan.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Councilman Jim Colligan.

There are strong disagreements among members of one of the most essential town committees to the point that an elected official says there’s a risk of “losing the committee,” as in the body closing down.

Arguments over a planned survey of town residents conducted by the Deer & Tick Committee is the flash point for the dissension.

“We’ve come to a crossroads here,” said Councilman Jim Colligan, who worries about the future of the committee. (more…)

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01/18/17 8:00am
Dr. Scott Campbell

Dr. Scott Campbell

Dr. Scott Campbell, a long-time member of the Shelter Island Deer & Tick Committee and lab director of Suffolk County Department of Health Services, has been appointed to head the reconstituted county Tick Control Advisory Committee. (more…)

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12/29/16 11:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO

Has Shelter Island made advances to lessen tick-borne diseases by controlling tick infestations? (more…)