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Nov 14, 2015 4:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Protesters March In East Hampton Demanding End To Deer Sterilization Program

Bill Crain, president of East Hampton Group for Wildlife, leads protesters through East Hampton Village on Saturday to demand an end to the village’s deer sterilization program. KYRIL BROMLEY
Nov 16, 2015 12:39 PM

About 20 people participated in a protest march in East Hampton Village on Saturday afternoon to draw attention to the village's deer spaying program.

They say the program, begun last year and restarted last month, is harmful to the animals. Local does have been spayed in field operations, tagged and released with the goal of reducing the deer population over time.

The protesters, led by East Hampton Group for Wildlife President Bill Crain, marched from the Windmill to Village Hall and back chanting denunciations of the program and calling on the village board to stop it.

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I think everyone who has hit a deer and has had significant damage to their vehicles should send the high repair bills to the Wildlife President, maybe he will see things from a different perspective!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Nov 15, 15 11:27 AM
The deer population is way too dense for the available natural land they need to survive. If anything, allowing them to continue to grow the population is out of balance, hence the nearly starving deer in the dead of winter. There are no natural predators to manage the population without this type of interjection.
By Mouthampton (438), Southampton on Nov 15, 15 11:43 AM
Simple solution to the deer problem...wolves!
By bird (828), Sag Harbor on Nov 15, 15 1:36 PM
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How about hunters.Extend season, increase doe permits. I don't hunt, could't kill a fly, but its a far more humane solution than this spay program.Local hunters who actually eat what they kill is far better than the road kill that the poor hwy dept. has to pick up and throw away in the dumps
By fish sticks (53), hampton bays on Nov 15, 15 8:18 PM
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Yep, my car was charged at by a huge buck last month as I was coming home at dusk on Montauk Highway right in the village of East Hampton. Totally destroyed my front end and nearly killed me by rolling onto my windshield. I was extremely lucky to walk away from this unhurt. Car had to be scrapped with $8,000. Collision repair estimate. Until this happens to you personally most of these activists have no concept of how the overpopulation is endangering drivers and passengers alike. Hunt, sterilize ...more
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 15, 15 9:31 PM
Well you're right about the overpopulation. Just the wrong species.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Nov 17, 15 1:19 PM
Wild deer??? Looks worse than a zoo, tags on each ear, collar around the neck? More natural to see them at the zoo...
By knitter (1940), Southampton on Nov 16, 15 8:27 AM