Deer Sightings in Local Villages on the Upswing

Residents in Old Field and Poquott have been noticing more deer in the area lately.

Old Field resident Carole Trottere can appreciate the sight of a deer, as she noted in she saw near her home.

Lately, though, she said it has been happening more frequently. She often sees hoof prints in the sand on the beach near her home and even saw a family of deer passing across her driveway recently.

"They do not always seem to be keeping to the early evening and dawn hours either, because I see them often in the middle of the day," Trottere said. "Last year it was a pretty rare – and always magical – occurrence to see deer, but this year I see them with much more frequency."

In Old Field and Poquott, officials have taken note of the increase in deer sightings. Particularly in Old Field, the population of deer seems to be causing a nuisance when it comes to preserving the vegetation in the village.

Resident Bruce Feller volunteered to look into the deer problem, and even found a company that deals with deer control in humane ways.

According to that company, SavATree, which has locations in Southampton and Old Brookville, a deer repelling spray can be applied to plants to discourage the deer from nibbling, and a proprietary system using ultrasound technology may also be effective.

"Unfortunately, there appears not to be a 'silver bullet,' but rather a range of methods to reduce such damage. In combination they can help, depending on deer population, winter snow cover, and other variables," Feller wrote in an open letter to Old Field residents posted on the village's website.

Meanwhile, in Poquott, deer sightings are becoming more frequent, but village residents have not experienced the loss of plants to the deer population.

"We're seeing more deer in Poquott," mayor Barbara Donovan said in an interview Monday. "I haven't had any problems where residents have called to say the deer are eating the vegetation."

Though not specifically a problem in Poquott, Donovan also noted that deer crossing Route 25A have sometimes hit cars in the region where the road curves around the intersection with Washington Street on the Setauket/Port Jefferson border.

Have you noticed an increase in deer sightings in Three Village? Share your experiences as a comment below.

Pam Botway November 17, 2011 at 05:48 AM
DON’T feed the deer. It turns out it is against the law. “Supplemental feeding is often proposed as a means to improve the condition of deer or to take pressure off other food resources. Regulations established in 2002 due to concerns about Chronic Wasting Disease completely prohibit the feeding of wild deer in New York. The following information is presented simply to describe the potential effects of feeding…http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/ctguide07.pdf. Another important consideration is that fed deer become increasingly tame and more likely to tolerate human activity. This increases the likelihood of deer/human interactions and conflicts such as personal injury, damage to personal property and motor vehicle collisions.” I'll add part 2 to this in the next comment since it doesn't fit here.
Pam Botway November 17, 2011 at 05:54 AM
This link explains the outcome of the original link describing birth control and relocation being a dismal failure. http://footlooseforays.com/chronicles/?p359 Another article argues against relocating deer. “The late Dr. Seirg Krasheninnikow — of the University of Pennsylvania—who was considered an outstanding scientist in the field of nutrition said, "Animals living in a certain vicinity have in their mouths and stomachs those bacteria which break down foods found in that area. If deer are released in an area where the majority of plants are different, the introduced animals cannot digest them" (Gamble 62-63).” http://www.wonews.com/t-FeatureArticle-TomElsbury-RelocatedDeer-103108.aspx. They are beautiful creatures best admired from afar. Keep in mind that they carry ticks. Just one more reason to discourage feeding near your property.
Susan Camenzuli November 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM
I live in the S Section, last year I looked out my window and saw two deer eating my hostas on the front lawn, they finished and walked back towards the woods which are about a block away. We also have seen wild turkey crossing the street.
Raissa November 17, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I don't think the flora upstate, for example, would be that different, would it? Definitely feeding is a very bad idea. Thanks for all the info you are contributing to this discussion, Pam.
Pam Botway November 17, 2011 at 04:14 PM
This would be a good opportunity for our 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.


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