Deer on LI

Federal sharpshooters plan to begin a cull of
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Federal sharpshooters plan to begin a cull of deer on eastern Long Island beginning in February -- the largest federal deer removal program in state history. Supporters say the growing white-tailed deer population has contributed to car accidents, Lyme disease and the destruction of crops and gardens. Opponents say the plan is misguided and the deer have become scapegoats. Videojournalist: Randee Daddona (Dec. 9, 2013)

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The white-tailed deer population on the East End and in Brookhaven is estimated to be from 25,000 to 35,000. Residents blame deer for car wrecks, the spread of Lyme disease and the destruction of crops, forests and home gardens.

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