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The C.A.S.H. Courier

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
IN WESTERN NEW YORK

Wildlife Watch together with Animal Advocates of Western NY, and the League of Humane Voters, has been focused on the Buffalo, NY suburbs of Cheektowaga, North Tonawanda, and Amherst to stop the “bait and shoot” programs. They have been occurring ostensibly because of the perceived deer overpopulation.

We most recently gave a presentation to the supervisor and town council of Cheektowaga. From the responses of the town council and the parks commissioner it became clear that they had already decided on a bait and shoot program. They went through the motions of listening and being fair-minded, and it was a very disappointing realization for all of us. Sure enough, our intuition was verified when they announced their decision to engage in a bait and shoot program. Cynically, they cited Wildlife Watch as one of the groups they had consulted in making their decision! Killing flew in the face of all we had recommended.

A skeptical group of animal advocates listen to the perfunctory blather from the Parks Director, John Jaroszewski, Jr. trying to justify the decision to proceed with the bait & shoot.


Left to right: Jennifer Manka (Animal Advocates of Western NY - AAWNY and League of Humane Voters - LOHV) Peter Muller (Wildlife Watch-WW and LOHV) Jeffery Termini (LOHV)


More skeptics as the Parks Director drones on:
Left to Right: Parks Director, Valerie Will (Immediate Past President AAWNY) Peter Muller (WW and LOHV), and Frank Gottesman (LOHV).

We all pointed out the lack of efficacy, the needless expense, and the cruelty of the “bait & shoot” wherever it has been tried. Jennifer Manka, who is on the Deer Committee of Amherst, an adjoining suburb of Cheektowaga, reported that even though Amherst has had a “bait & shoot” program for several years the deer car collisions have in fact increased and not been reduced.

A week after this meeting, Jeff Termini of LOHV served the town of Cheektowaga with a Notice of Dangerous Condition. This coincided with a media report that a stray bullet from a “bait & shoot” operation in neighboring Amherst had hit a resident’s house. There was a lot of media focused on the stray bullet, the Notice of Dangerous Condition, and the exposure to potential liability judgments that the town was risking by undertaking “bait and shoot” (mis)management.

All photos by Randy Atlas (President of Animal Advocates of Western New York)

 

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