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12/08/15 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee member Hank Amann doesn’t object to efforts to increase the deer cull, but believes 4-poster units will always be necessary to curb the incidence of tick-borne diseases.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee member Hank Amann doesn’t object to efforts to increase the deer cull, but believes 4-poster units will always be necessary to curb the incidence of tick-borne diseases.

With the unanimous consent of the Deer & Tick Committee, the Town Board is expected to make a provisional appointment early in 2016 of a wildlife and animal control officer to manage the deer population, including culling the herd. (more…)

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11/18/15 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO |  Police Chief Jim Read responding to a question from a hunter at the Deer & Tick Committee meeting Tuesday evening.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Police Chief Jim Read responding to a question from a hunter at the Deer & Tick Committee meeting Tuesday evening.

One of the Island’s most outspoken opponents of 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with a tickicide — told the Deer & Tick Committee Tuesday night he was also opposed to hiring a wildlife manager. (more…)

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10/13/15 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel informed the Town Board how the committee wants to allocated funds for 2016.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel informed the Town Board how the committee wants to allocate funds for 2016.

With an enhanced focus on culling Shelter Island’s herd, the Deer & Tick Committee is looking into hiring Connecticut-based White  Buffalo, a nonprofit considered a leader in controlling white-tailed deer populations.

Anthony DeNicola, who heads the group, would train two local hunters in White Buffalo methods at a cost of about $1,500 per day for a two-day course. (more…)

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10/09/15 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Schiebel, right, with Jennifer Pereskey at the Town board budget hearings Thursday.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel, right, with Jennifer Beresky at the Town board budget hearings Thursday.

The Town Board Thursday morning appeared amenable to a larger than requested budget for the Deer & Tick Committee, while waiting word on whether a second successive $100,000 state grant will be forthcoming to offset the cost of deploying 4-poster units. (more…)

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07/01/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO The Deer & Tick Committee needs to stop “tiptoeing” around the possibility of bringing in sharpshooters to cull the herd, member Jim Colligan told his colleagues Wednesday.

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The Deer & Tick Committee needs to stop “tiptoeing” around the possibility of bringing in sharpshooters to cull the herd, member Jim Colligan told his colleagues Wednesday.

While Shelter Island Town budget talks won’t start until the fall, the Deer & Tick Committee anticipates asking for a funding increase from $100,000 to $120,000. (more…)