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In Mt. Sinai, Residents Hire Hunters to Thin Deer Population

For deer nuisances, some turn to hunters to help.

The homeowners association at Crystal Brook Park in Mt. Sinai recently hired three bow hunters to help thin the deer population living there, a problem many other communities across the North Shore have been dealing with.

Deer encroaching on human populations (or the other way around) can result in complaints about gardens being eaten or traffic issues with deer getting hit by cars. Deer ticks spreading lyme disease are also a concern.

In some places the only option is to allow hunters to come onto private property to thin out the population.

“This situation is not a public hunting opportunity,” said Bill Fonda from the New York State Department of Conservation, which regulates hunting in the state. “It's a homeowners organization that is allowing hunters on an area of property that they have determined is suitable for hunting.”

Fonda said that it’s no different than farmers on the East End of Long Island who allow a limited number of individuals to hunt on land they own. Although the state DEC doesn’t manage these types of hunts, the homeowner’s organization sticks to the normal bow-hunting season, which runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

Hunters in these situations still must adhere to guidelines with the landowner’s permission. According to Fonda they cannot shoot across roads and the law prohibits discharge of a firearm, crossbow or longbow within 500 feet of a home, factory, school, church or playground. Fonda said that some villages may have additional no-discharge restrictions that would ban hunting altogether.

that in the villages of Old Field and Poquott, residents have also experienced an increase in deer sightings over the years and officials have taken note. In Old Field, deer seem to be causing a nuisance “when it comes to preserving the vegetation in the village,” the site reported.

Residents there have looked into ways of controlling the population, including finding one company called SavATree that suggested deer repelling sprays applied to plants to discourage the deer from nibbling and its own system using ultrasound technology.

In the Mt. Sinai community, they have already put their plan in place.

“We hired three hunters already,” said a man who answered the phone at Crystal Brook Park homeowner’s association office and did not provide a his name. “It’s been taken care of.”

Pam Botway November 17, 2011 at 04:06 PM
This would be a good opportunity for our newly-minted state officials to put together an educational forum at Stony Brook University. Call in the experts to enlighten us. We should all be on the same page. Education is key.
Laura Mingoia November 17, 2011 at 05:15 PM
As a vegan and a lover of the country and wildlife, this does not intrigue me… Still we are not all on the same page and thats ok. Calling a few deer here and there a problem, well thats just stupid and inhuman.
Ted Nugent November 18, 2011 at 01:20 AM
" I also have a home upstate and the deer roam freely EXCEPT for deer hunting season which is controlled because there is such a high population.. Not the case here… Just inhuman and unaccepted decisions." What is your factual support for "not the case here" in reference to the Crystal Brook Hollow Park deer population? Are you a member of the DEC team responsible for deer population assessments? Are you making your comments based on your fisheries and wildlife management education or are your ranting based on pure emotion....I'd personally make a educated guess that its the latter...enjoy your holiday and don't overcook that Tofurkey on Thursday........
Paul Kersey November 18, 2011 at 01:43 AM
When she nails a deer with her Prius she's gonna change her tune, Nuge.
Laura Mingoia November 18, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Personally I drive a truck…still I am extremely careful/cautious for children/pedestrians, for pets and other animals that cross the street. Now I am on the watch for deer as I too have come nose to nose with them in Mount Sinai… Even with all this I do not approve of this massacre.

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