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The Deer & Tick Committee won’t be recommending changes in its priorities when it comes to budgeting for 2020, putting considerably more money into supporting its 4-poster program than culling efforts. But it’s contemplating asking for about $5,000 more for culling than it sought in the current year’s budget. (more…)
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Shelter Island’s Animal Control Officer Beau Payne.
“It looks like we’re going in the right direction,” Animal Control Officer Beau Payne told the Deer & Tick Committee at its June 5 meeting, speaking about reducing the deer herd on Shelter Island. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Highway Department employee Nick Ryan loading corn into a 4-poster unit.
A strong statement from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) calls for rethinking the strategy of deploying 4-poster units to combat ticks, which, the agency says, hasn’t demonstrated “a great deal of success.” (more…)
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A deer brushing against a permetrin soaked post as it feeds at a 4-poster unit.
A proposal to have the town begin burning open spaces for ticks was rejected by the Deer and Tick Committee at an April 3 meeting. (more…)
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Dr. Bill Zitek
When Bill Zitek was growing up in New Rochelle, New York, a man named William Rodman Pell II came from Suffolk County every June to receive a fatted calf from the mayor.
The live calf was an annual payment due to the Pell family from the town under the terms of a land deal dating from 1689. (more…)