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.

Dan Beyer May 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Based upon the facts of surrounding towns, deer have exceeded the lands carrying capacity and need to be reduced. For assistance in your area we invite you to visit www.findahunter.com with a town by town listing of available hunters, interview questions and more. We suggest you require your selected hunter to donate their harvest to the Hunt To Feed program which supports various soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the state. This is a win win for the entire community.
Teacher May 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Dan, I love this idea and strongly support it! I only live on one acre in a residential area, though, so I can't do it. What can we do about the state forest areas and town-wide? I come from a long line of hunters and firmly believe that this is a more humane death, with a lot more integrity and respect for life, than being hit by a car (other death choice for most deer in the area) or living in captivity in a factory farm (where most of our other meat food comes from). The deer cull with the meat donated to food pantries would be such a beautiful solution.
Dan Beyer May 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM
There are no land size restrictions for archery hunting, so although you may only have one acre, if it has a tree line that borders surrounding wooded areas it may be suitable for hunting. Also if your adjoining neighbors are open to support deer mgt through hunting this would provide more land for the hunter to properly setup. Recommend that your selected hunter hunt from an elevated position so the trajectory of their arrow is downward. Yes the Hunt To Feed program has provided thousands of pounds of ground lean venison protein to many through CT. Visit www.hunttofeed.com to learn more.
Paul Alexander May 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Has anyone considered greater time/limits for the 7.62 x 39 management program?
Alex Tytler May 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
You mean like midnight with a night vision scope? That would be a good time!
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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