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FROM Brian Marchhauser, Yorktown News
February 13, 2014
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Teatown Lake Reservation is moving ahead with a planned deer cull on its
875- acre preserve after a New York Supreme Court judge denied last week a
request by neighbors to block the shooting.
A special permit granted in December 2013 allows Teatown to kill up to 75 deer at various locations on its nature preserve. The deer will be killed using “sharpshooters” from the United States Department of Agriculture.
In a letter sent to neighbors on Feb. 7, the morning of the judge’s decision, Teatown Executive Director Kevin Carter wrote that, “Teatown will commence the deer culling this evening,” and that the shooting would take place over four to six nights. All shooting must occur before Feb. 28, according to
the permit. “This decision was not easy or pleasant for Teatown,” Carter said in a letter to Yorktown News. “We understand that there are some who will be dismayed by this course of action. To those we would say, as difficult as it may seem, it is a necessary part of our responsibility to protect the biodiversity of our forest.”
The nonprofit preserve—situated in Ossining, Yorktown and Cortlandt Manor—has said the current size of the deer herd is threat- ening the health of vegetation and wildlife.
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