East Hampton residents stop deer culling plans. I certainly don’t want to hunt in the Hamptons, let alone visit there, so I don’t care what happens to the inhabitants, although I am cheering the deer ticks on, and won’t be too upset to see an outbreak of the deadly powassan virus among the animal lovers on Hampton beaches.
The resident deer population out there is estimated to be 35,000; if the deer do what deer usually do and double their numbers in two years, it will be interesting to watch the results. Friends of Animals is on record as preferring that deer starve to death rather than be shot, and its sister group PETA is fond of claiming that it’s hunting that causes deer to overpopulate, and argues that creating no-hunting sanctuaries will bring the numbers in check. That’s never happened, of course, but it’s nice to think it will, this time.