DEM needs to take action

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:00pm

Over the past several years, a lot of time, effort, and money has been spent trying to figure out how to reduce the deer herd on Block Island. While some headway seemed to have been made a few years back, we now seem to not know how many deer there are on the island, or whether or not herd numbers are actually starting to increase. Lyme disease has been a terrible scourge for many people out here, and we certainly don’t want to see a rise in the number of those cases.

Despite our best efforts, we now need some help from the state agency that owns the deer, which is the Department of Environmental Management. Paul Deane, a member of the Deer Task Force, expressed some frustration that DEM hasn’t been out to count the deer for a couple of years. This is critical because the past couple of hunting seasons have seen a reduction in the number of deer harvested. 

We ask that DEM schedule a flyover no later than next winter to see where the herd numbers stand, which would then provide the DTF and others the information they need to decide on a course of action over the next couple of years. We don’t want the deer population to increase to where it was several years ago. That’s not healthy for humans — or the deer.