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Southold on Long Island to tackle deer overpopulation with hunting

Keith Srakocic

The town of Southold on Long Island’s North Fork is taking steps to address a years-long deer and tick problem with hunting.

Southold is home to an estimated six to 10 times more deer than the local ecosystem can sustain, which has been known to increase the spread of tick-borne illness, according to a North Fork deer management coalition.

The town board announced plans last week to work with the state on a pilot program to get the area’s deer population to a manageable and sustainable level.

The program would create a professional deer culling program in the town, and impose less limitations on recreational hunters.

An amendment to state Environmental Conservation Law was needed for the plan, which was made possible by the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s management plan for white-tailed deer through 2030.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.