Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Nature Conservancy Begins Hunting Deer in Connecticut; the Catholic Church on Long Island Curtails a Hunt

Deer hunting is getting underway at four Nature Conservancy preserves in Connecticut, but in Lloyd Harbor, on Long Island, a hunting program has been curtailed because the Catholic Rockville Centre Archdiocese decided not to allow hunters on a large piece of property it owns.

These aren't recreational hunting programs; they're hunts organized to reduce the number of deer in overpopulated areas. Although it's too bad the Long Island hunt is not continuing, the Nature Conservancy's participation in Connecticut indicates that hunting to bring down deer populations has entered the mainstream (keep in mind that Audubon Connecticut has been culling deer from its preserves in Greenwich). The Nature Conservancy seems to think it's working. According to the Hartford Courant:

The deer management programs have paid dividends, the conservancy states.

"We've been actively managing deer populations in some of our preserves for years now, and we're seeing results," Carabetta said. "Pink lady-slipper are returning to places where we haven't seen them in years."

Conservancy officials report the Burnham preserve has been damaged by an abundance of deer, with the under story of the forest almost non-existent.

Birds that nest and feed on or near the ground have lost the groundcover essential for protection from predators, the organization said, noting few seedlings have a chance to grow because of hungry deer.

"Managing the deer population is essential to maintaining the health of these preserves," said Lisa Hanners, the conservancy director Connecticut.

"At high numbers, we know that deer restrict the growth of new trees, shrubs and flowers. Without some sort of management, the quality of the forests at these preserves will continue to suffer." Hanners said.

But across the Sound, a hunting program in Lloyd Harbor is on hold. From Newsday:

The state parks department on Tuesday planned to review its decision to cull the herd at Caumsett State Park after the Diocese of Rockville Centre suspended the practice at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor.

Sean Dolan, a spokesman for the diocese, said a new rector at the seminary wanted to assess the situation after protests from animal rights advocates.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What might not be revealed in the Church decision was repeated violent threats made by animal rights groups against the Church property in Lloyd Harbor, NY as well as the Village government of Lloyd Harbor, NY. Also, the same unsavory outside elements, pretending to be voices of the community, crawled out from underneath their rocks and viciously attacked the Mayor of Lloyd Harbor's home and cars, simply because he applied for a permit to cull some of the local deer population. Of couse, the cowardly ALF/ADL trumpeted their success while Newsday simply white-washed the incident.

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