Skip to comments.NY Town spends $2,984 per deer in sterilization program
Posted on 01/13/2014 5:20:39 PM PST by servo1969
We have written before about the deer sterilization program in Cayuga Heights, which borders the Cornell campus (most people think of it as Ithaca, but its actually a separate municipality).
Because Reproductive Health Care Is A Cervine Right:
I have written before about the moral angst sweeping the upscale Village of Cayuga Heights, bordering the Cornell campus and home to a large number of professors and staff, over how to control the out-of-control deer population.
After years of debate, which tore the community apart, Cayuga Heights has come up with a solution:
"The board of trustees passed a resolution Monday night to begin implementation of the phased options approach to deer management. The village will begin with the surgical sterilization of 20-60 does within a two-year period, followed by the culling of the remainder of the herd."
The cost per sterilization? Dont ask:"The first phase of sterilization is estimated to take two years at an average cost of $1,200 per doe, according to the statement."
If they do for our health care system what theyve done for the deer of Cayuga Heights, were sunk.
How did it work out?
The Ithaca Journal reports, Cayuga Heights spends $35K to sterilize 12 does:
The latest round of village deer sterilizations removed ovaries from 12 deer in December and cost taxpayers $35,808.
Does were shot with tranquilizer darts and taken to a temporary surgical facility, according to a report by White Buffalo Inc. The company conducted the sterilizations and reported that no deer died during capture, surgery or release .
Costs for this winters doe sterilization were well above early estimates, set at $1,000 per animal. The cost for the December sterilizations was $2,984 per deer.
The cost per deer rises when youre trying to pick the last few out, Cayuga Heights Mayor Kate Supron said. A high percentage of sterilized does is crucial for deer population control, she added.
During December 2012, the village spent $148,315 to remove ovaries from 137 female deer, an average of $1,082.
For the 2013 fiscal year, Cayuga Heights spent $8,294 in legal consulting fees on deer population control, and $21,277 for a Cornell University study on the number of deer in the village.
So will the plan even work? No, under current estimates it still will leave the deer populiation 4-5 times the environmentally healthy level, as the Journal further reports:
Paul Curtis, a wildlife specialist in Cornells Department of Natural Resources, said the population is well above whats healthy for the environment. Curtis recommended that suburban communities, such as Cayuga Heights, have deer population densities below 15 to 20 deer per square mile.
Supron said a 10 percent to 15 percent drop in the villages deer herd is expected. Most village deer are no longer breeding, and others are being killed by cars or natural causes.
That would still leave us with over 100 deer per square mile, Supron said.
Welcome to my world.
(Andrew Branca joins in on the comments under the story. Andrew is a lawyer who helped LI cover the Zimmerman trial.
Bio- "Andrew F. Branca is in his third decade of practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He began his competitive shooting activities as a youth in smallbore rifle, and today is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a multi-classification Master-class competitor in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). Andrew has for many years been an NRA-certified firearms instructor in pistol, rifle, and personal protection, and has previously served as an Adjunct Instructor on the Law of Self Defense at the SigSauer Academy in Epping, NH. He holds, or has held, concealed carry permits for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, Virginia, and other states.")
Pretty sad how far the namesake of the Ithica Deerslayer has fallen.
George Washington is doing a facepalm in heaven.
Its NY. What more is there to say?
we have the technology
So the remaining unsterilized deer will limit their breeding habits because they saw what happened to the others? Is Cayuga Heights an island where once they get these deer down to the correct numbers, no other deer can come into the area? It would be kinda pointless if a neighbor deer can just walk into the place.
Are you kidding me?!!
Do they have any plant life left at all?
“100 deer per square mile”
Don’t they officially qualify as a plague at that point?
They’re basically just giant forest rats by then, aren’t they?
bullets are still cheaper
This is very cheap when you consider the steps involved with sterilizing a deer:
1. Catch a deer
2. Confirm that the deer is a doe
3. Inform the deer of her reproductive rights IAW Roe v. Wade
4. Enroll the deer in the ACA (Obamacare)
5. Schedule a procedure at the nearest Planned Parenthood facility
6. Insert tracking chip into deer to permit follow-on visits
7. Release the deer into a federally approved wildlife management area
Steps 3-7 are pretty easy. Hiring someone to do Steps 1 and 2 with a live deer costs real money.
Yes, lots of vegetables we call leftists
For about 4 bucks I can “sterilize” four bucks, and you need not worry about the rest of the dough......
just how hard is it to catch a deer and cut him a bit in the nether regions ???
Can’t use a gun within 500 ft of a dwelling, but you can use a bow, and even a crossbow.
The town should contract with a local hunting club and do a takedown.
You hang ‘em instead of shootin’ ‘em??
Don’t you mean....
Doe v. Wade
Can’t you see, we teach em to dance.
We call em The Buckettes.
p.s. i only posted it the pic as it's an Ithaca M37