Safety: Deer, Tick Borne Disease & General Information

long-island-deerDeer have migrated to Upper Brookville.

Residents’ reports of deer sightings are increasing along with the herd sizes. While they are often times a pleasure to encounter, excessive numbers create health and safety concerns.

At theOctober 27, 2016 Village Board Meeting, Leslie Lupo, Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Biologist, gave a slide presentation discussing the health and safety risks associated with increased deer populations in the Village and recommended steps to remediate the problem before it became unmanageable. She listed risks including the harboring of ticks that might carry Lyme disease, vehicle collisions and the destruction of foliage and trees. According to Ms. Lupo, once a deer population of sufficient size settles in a community, the population can multiply exponentially. It was noted that a number of deer have been killed on village roads during the past two years and the deer population in the Planting Fields and surrounding areas, including the Mill River Club, is increasing. Our neighboring village to the north, Lattingtown, began a deer management program this year and Mill Neck is working on a similar initiative. The Board discussed facilitating the obtaining of Nuisance Permits from the DEC by qualified deer management personnel and keeping the village informed of the persons and properties involved.

The documents found here have been made available by various State and Local authorities. You may find them helpful.

Links:

Centers for Disease Control – Babesiosis Information

Centers for Disease Control – Lyme Disease Information

Centers for Disease Control – Tick Borne Diseases

Documents:

New York State Deer Management Plan (PDF – 2.5 MB)

Deer Vehicle Collisions Infographic (PDF – 1.2 MB)

Deer Overabundance Publication – NYS DEC (PDF – 185.0 KB)

Deer – Citizen’s Guide – NYS DEC (PDF – 541.6 KB)