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Oct 17, 2017 1:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Woman Upset After Piebald Deer Is Killed Near Her Hampton Bays Home

Oct 18, 2017 9:02 AM

A Hampton Bays woman said she is “devastated” after a mostly white piebald deer that had been a frequent visitor to her yard for the past half decade was found dead near her Main Street home last week.

Cathleen Jackson, who rents her home that sits next door to a patch of woods, said she found the female deer at around 9:30 a.m. last Thursday, October 12. She said she thinks it was shot with a rifle, though she does not recall hearing any gunshots the prior evening. She explained that she had her “windows closed” and “television on” when she thinks the animal was shot and killed.

A picture of the dead deer taken by Ms. Jackson shows what appears to be a triangular-shaped entry wound that Michael Tessitore of East Quogue, founder of the group Hunters for Deer, said suggests that it was killed legally with a compound bow. Bow hunting season began on October 1.

“They either heard a gunshot or they didn’t. I doubt it was a gunshot,” Mr. Tessitore said on Tuesday.

He added that there are no restrictions on killing piebald deer, regardless of their unusual color.

“What’s the difference if it’s white or brown?” Mr. Tessitore said. “It’s not a unicorn—it’s a wild animal.”

He also pointed out that the wooded area directly behind Ms. Jackson’s home is a legal hunting ground, and insisted that the deer—its carcass was removed by an unknown person shortly after Ms. Jackson found it—most likely was taken down with a compound bow.

Ms. Jackson said she reported the killing to Southampton Town Police immediately after she discovered the animal but noted that someone, possibly the hunter, retrieved it about an hour later. She added that after the deer was removed from her property she observed a “trail of blood leading into the woods.”

“You committed a crime—and I hope you get what you deserve,” she said in a Letter to the Editor that is published in this week’s newspaper.

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph said there was no report on file regarding the incident.

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People really suck
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Oct 17, 17 2:25 PM
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By paulampeterson (9), Southampton on Oct 17, 17 5:01 PM
Was the DEC called? Yes some people do horrible things. I think Mr Tessitore is not a spokesman for all of the bow hunters, just a few. I bow hunted years and I'm not happy with this either...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 17, 17 10:33 PM
I'm no hunter so I'm curious: what would you have done differently?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 18, 17 7:10 AM
Im not opposed to hunting but sad to see a Piebald Deer killed. A crime was not committed here though, as no laws were broken.

By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 18, 17 7:07 AM
Very sad and traumatic for Cathleen Jackson to see her murdered deer friend in her back yard. I'm glad that she had the strength to take pictures and get an article written about it. Of course, Michael Tessitore, founder of the group Hunters for Deer, makes a bunch of unsympathetic moronic comments in the article. I'm not sure why he was even interviewed for this article.

I think some questions that should have been asked:

* Was the hunter allowed to trespass on Jackson's ...more
By groad570 (1), Head of Harbor on Oct 18, 17 8:15 PM
To your point of PTSD, there is a cause of action in NYS for intentional infliction of psychological pain but this probably wouldn't meet the "intentional" element, or rise to the level of malicious action required.

The hunters here are better suited to answer the rest of your questions.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 19, 17 6:14 AM
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As stated in the article , the property directly behind the womans property is a LEGAL HUNTING ground. Most likley ,the deer was shot on those legal grounds. When a deer is shot with a bow, it takes off running . Its not running to "safe grounds". The hunter found his kill and removed it. If she's upset that the hunter came onto her property, well what about HER walking her dog on someones else property?! ( stated in the letter) She's trespassing on this property yet concerned for her safety. BTW ...more
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 19, 17 7:19 AM
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Wild animals are not your "friend".

Mess with the wrong doe, and you might find antlers up your wazoo.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 22, 17 4:19 PM
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In reply to Toes: yes there is an overabundance of deer so why shoot the piebald one which any hunter (newbie or seasoned) would recognize as somewhat rare.
By Flannery66 (9), Hampton Bays on Oct 19, 17 7:54 AM
As I said in my first comment, "sad to see a Piebald deer killed".

I would imagine the hunter shot the deer bc theres no restrictions on the Piebald or even Albino deer in NY State.

NYS DEC : "Feeding of white-tailed deer causes un-natural concentrations near the food source which can lead to agricultural damage. damage to property and increases the risk of transmission of diseases between deer"

NYS Environmental Conservation Law prohibits :
* Feeding or enticing ...more
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 20, 17 6:44 AM
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Dead female deer found in my neighbor yard last week under his deck.. The stomach was loaded with maggots' and the stink was unreal. Must of been laying there several day. Someone came and remove it within hours.

Heard 3 gunshot this past Wed. night in area around 9 p.m. There are several deer in this area. They are so domesticated and never run unless chased. They even go to the local post office and eat the flowers. They walk around day and night and eat everything ...more
By Histerical (20), East Quogue on Oct 20, 17 10:01 AM
lol you people are riot.
By ghost (29), hampton bays on Oct 20, 17 3:34 PM
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Some of us here like animals far more than people. Don't be surprised if the tables get turned on you one day! Karma!
By DisgustedHamptons (58), Hampton Bays on Oct 22, 17 4:13 PM
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I find people here generally unfriendly and antisocial. I guess that's why they consider a deer a 'friend.' It's kind of pathetic, and a sad commentary on our ability to socialize with other humans. Make a human friend today!
By dave21 (16), westhampton on Oct 27, 17 1:51 PM
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