Southold Town will postpone its deer census, originally set to start in June, until September, according to environmental analyst Craig Jobes.
In a note to residents who volunteered to count deer this spring, Mr. Jobes said that does are staying close to their fawns, hidden in the shrubs, high grasses and other out-of-sight spots.
September is generally a month in which more deer are seen, as fawns are grown and deer are still traveling in large social groups, Mr. Jobes said.
Volunteers will count and log deer on three separate occasions to help the town estimate the local deer population. The census data will used to learn where hunting efforts could be focused.
The census dates are now set for three consecutive Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11 and 18, according to Mr. Jobes.