Newtown Exploring Deer Management Options

State wildlife biologist Howard Kilpatrick will review the town's options for reducing the deer population to control Lyme disease.

The Board of Selectmen have scheduled an appearance by a state wildlife biologist at its May 21 meeting to discuss options the town has for controlling its deer population, blamed by some for the prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments.

Recognizing the issue’s potential for controversy, First Selectman Patricia Llodra stressed that the selectmen are only fact-finding and have not made any decisions at this point.

State wildlife biologist Howard Kilpatrick of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will present a review of .

The meeting will only be a dialogue between Kilpatrick and the selectmen and will not provide an opportunity for the public to take part in the discussion.

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Llodra said Newtown’s deer population is much higher per square mile than is considered healthy for either humans or deer.

The deer tick, a tiny arachnid parasite that lives on deer, mice and other wildlife creatures, is responsible for spreading the Lyme disease bacteria to humans. The disease produces flu-like symptoms in its early stages, but can cause disabling, long-term arthritis-like symptoms if not treated early.

Newtown happens to be among the Connecticut towns with the highest incidence or reported Lyme disease cases.

Llodra said the town plans to go ahead with a public education campaign regardless of what it does about deer management.

live and let live May 14, 2012 at 02:53 PM
What about the dogs and cats and mice and birds and all other animals that have those pesky ticks on them.... when do we start killing them.....
Teacher May 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
My dog and cat are the two main reasons I want a deer cull...it's the deer bringing the ticks into my yard for my dog and cat to pick up. Lyme disease is no joke! But even putting that aside, it's better for the deer to have a more healthy population, too.
Dan Beyer May 14, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force will be holding a FREE seminar on Tuesday May 22 at WCSU to learn more about Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases check out http://ridgefield.patch.com/events/breakthroughs-in-research-testing-patient-update-2012
Clare May 14, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I like the idea of "professionals" culling the deer population. My neighbor had a bunch of yahoos hunt on his property and the next day there were two deer that ran through our yard with arrows in their backs. That's pure crap. If they don't know what they're doing, I don't want them around my dogs.
Lymeoneofakind May 20, 2012 at 04:14 PM


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