In an underhanded, inhumane, and unnecessary move, the National Park Service is poised to violate an agreement by killing deer in New York’s Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) as early as February 20. The killing is part of a Deer Management Plan that is the subject of a lawsuit filed by AWI and Wildlife Preserves, Inc. Shortly after the suit was filed, the parties entered into an agreement that the NPS would not kill deer for the duration of the litigation.
Yet the NPS has recently indicated it has arranged for USDA Wildlife Services personnel to gun down deer in the area of the national seashore known as the William Floyd Estate. The killing—which may continue through March 31 and resume next winter—is entirely unnecessary, as nonlethal control options, particularly the use of immunocontraceptives, are available to humanely reduce the deer population. Indeed, an immunocontraceptive program for deer on FINS between 1993 and 2009 was successful in controlling deer numbers.
Please email FINS Superintendent Alex Romero via AWI’s Compassion Index and ask him to (1) abandon the plan to kill deer within the national seashore next week, (2) abide by the agreement to not kill deer while the current litigation is pending, and (3) reinitiate a comprehensive and humane deer immunocontraceptive program at FINS.
Also, please consider posting your concerns about the deer slaughter on one or more of FINS’s social media accounts:
Be sure to share our Dear Humanitarian eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers and encourage them to contact Superintendent Romero, too. As always, thank you very much for your help!