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05/08/17 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee member Craig Wood talked at the May 3 meeting about revising the Island’s brochure to make it more reader-friendly.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee member Craig Wood talked at the May 3 meeting about revising the Island’s brochure to make it more reader-friendly.

Shelter Island’s Deer & Tick Committee members, who held back information on the number of seer on the Island to prevent residents from drawing conclusions from incomplete data, revealed at its May 3 meeting that there may be as many as 1,200 deer here. (more…)

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02/20/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO A lone star tick.

COURTESY PHOTO A lone star tick.

Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could one day be part of the arsenal used in the battle to reduce the incidence of tick-borne diseases on Shelter Island. (more…)

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02/15/16 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee member Marc Wein has won the day in persuading his colleagues to agree that money must be found to study long term affects of 4-posters units.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee member Marc Wein has won the day in persuading his colleagues to agree that money must be found to study long term affects of 4-posters units.

Shelter Island’s Deer & Tick Committee is primed to take a look at what’s working and what’s not in its effort to reduce tick-borne diseases.

There are reasons to question, some members say, the use of 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with a tickicide, permethrin — and the effectiveness of money allocated to try to increase the number of deer culled. (more…)

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08/12/14 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO |  Arguing for a multi-pronged attacks on ticks are Deer & Tick Committee members, from left, Jim Colligan and Dr. Vincent DiGregorio.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |
Arguing for a multi-pronged attacks on ticks are Deer & Tick Committee members, from left, Jim Colligan and Dr. Vincent DiGregorio.

Shelter Island’s Deer & Tick Committee is close to completing a white paper it hopes will educate the community about tick-borne diseases and what is being done here to combat them.

Committee members generally favor a multi-faceted approach that includes use of 4-posters, culling the herd and educating the public. (more…)

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07/22/14 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Ticks are the culprit in spreading Lyme Disease, but a new vaccine could go a long way in preventing the illness.

COURTESY PHOTO
Ticks are the culprit in spreading Lyme Disease, but a new vaccine could go a long way in preventing the illness.

If you can’t easily eradicate ticks or rid the Island of their deer hosts, the medical community has returned to a Lyme Disease vaccine, now that the numbers of people diagnosed with the disease is exploding. (more…)