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Deer Culling Finds Support In Southold

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Residents in Southold, Long Island, want to open up their land for deer hunting. A survey found landowners overwhelmingly support a plan to cull the deer population.

Officials have opened up about 700 acres of Southold Town and Suffolk County property for deer hunting. But the deer have just moved to private property that doesn’t allow hunters.

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell says the town will work with private landowners and hunters to deal with the deer overpopulation problem.

“We are in the process of trying to match hunters to private property owners so when the season is underway, the landowner knows who the hunter is and the hunter knows where they can hunt.”

Russell says deer contraception and sterilization are too expensive as an alternative to hunting. 

A survey found property owners could open nearly 800 collective acres of private land to deer hunting. 

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.