Up to 180 deer will soon be slaughtered on Long Island
Federal wildlife specialists will cull up to 180 Long Island deer, according to local authorities. Specialists will use shotguns fitted with night vision goggles to euthanize the deer. Authorities have not said when the operation will take place.
Deer culling aims to limit the damage caused by overcrowded deer to local habitats and reduce the risk of vehicle collisions with wildlife. It will focus on several New York State Parks and other locations on Long Island, which stretches east from New York. Brian Nearing, spokesperson for the New York City Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said press day that its employees have noticed “an increase in damage” to habitats in the park. “Given the wide variety of native plants and grasses present, state parks provide a constant food source for deer,” he said, adding that fencing “is not a measure effective mediation”.
The culling will center on Sunken Meadow and Nissequogue River State Parks, Kings Park, Caleb Smith Preserve in Smithtown, Planting Fields in Oyster Bay and Connetquot Preserve in Oakdale. Deer culling has been carried out on Long Island for approximately 20 years and has proven to be a relatively inexpensive method of wildlife management in the largely suburban area. Last year’s culling effort cost $46,231.
Still, the deer culls have proven controversial both among Long Island hunters, who would like to see expanded hunting opportunities, and animal rights activists, who would prefer to see efforts to sterilize deer, despite the fact that they proved costly and inefficient in the New York borough. from Staten Island. Advocacy group Long Island Orchestrating for Nature is planning a protest against recently announced logging plans.
Bernd Blossey, a professor of natural resources at Cornell University, told Newsday that deer spaying efforts aren’t working in places where deer migrate. He argued that regular deer culling is the only way to reduce such an abundant deer population without introducing predators such as wolves.
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Federal officials will carry out the slaughter during the evenings. They will shoot from fixed ground blinds and focus their efforts in the winter months as there is less foliage to obstruct shooting lanes. They may use tools that are generally off-limits to recreational hunters, such as thermal imaging equipment and bait. Slaughtered deer will be prepared in the field and the meat will be donated to local food banks.