JULIE LANE PHOTO
Shelter Island’s Animal Control Officer Beau Payne.
While the overall cull of the Island’s deer herd is below last year’s level, those hunting under deer damage permits — special state licenses to hunt out of season — have seen a considerable rise in deer killed. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand. brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.
Should the Deer & Tick Committee stick to its plans for 2019 or make adjustments during the year? (more…)
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…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne encourages Deer & Tick Committee members not to draw conclusions from early data on deer culls. Listening to him is committee member Dr. James Bevilacqua.
Numbers don’t lie — but do they tell the truth?
Members of the town’s Deer & Tick Committee believe tracking trends are important, but have only a single year of reliable numerical data on deer culls and other relevant information to guide their effort to decrease tick-borne diseases. (more…)