09/18/14 3:00pm
09/18/2014 3:00 PM
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Several farmers who were previously unable to receive deer damage permits to hunt on their property offseason now have the green light to do so.

Arising as an unintended consequence from a lawsuit aimed at a controversial deer cull, a state Supreme Court judge put a halt to new DDPs this March but temporarily lifted the order against the state Department of Environmental Conservation last week.  (more…)

09/04/14 8:00am
09/04/2014 8:00 AM
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Considering the disappointing numbers reported last week from the controversial deer cull that took place earlier this year, a call is going out to get all stakeholders — especially environmentalists — involved as state and regional authorities regroup and figure out a plan to tackle Suffolk County’s overpopulated deer herds.  (more…)

08/27/14 6:45am
08/27/2014 6:45 AM
White-tailed deer grazing in Southold Tuesday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

White-tailed deer grazing in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Nearly six months after a controversial deer cull kicked off on farms across the East End, the results are finally in. And to the group that led the effort, the statistics are disappointing.  (more…)

08/22/14 2:00pm
08/22/2014 2:00 PM
White-tailed deer grazing in Southold Tuesday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

White-tailed deer grazing in Southold Tuesday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

There’s a pest problem on the North Fork. The people who live and work here know about it; they live with it its consequences every day. Damaged cars. Replacing devastated plantings and produce. Checking constantly for ticks. Repeated doctor visits.  (more…)

08/22/14 1:00pm
White-tailed deer grazing in Southold Tuesday. Supervisor Scott Russell has called reducing the local deer population the town's number one priority.  (Credit: Katharine Schreoder)

White-tailed deer grazing in Southold Tuesday. Supervisor Scott Russell has called reducing the local deer population the town’s number one priority. (Credit: Katharine Schreoder)

Last year, a total of 30 deer that had wandered onto Half Hollow Nurseries in Laurel were shot and killed. The shootings were all legal, allowed by off-season nuisance permits issued by the state.

This year, not a single deer has been killed there during the off-season, said general manager Karl Novak.  (more…)