Opt Out of Deer Cull

    On Tuesday, the East Hampton Town Board rescinded an earlier vote of the board in November that had paved the way for the town’s participation in a United States Department of Agriculture deer culling program.

    The program, which had proposed to eliminate 3,000 deer across the East End, caused a public outcry before even getting under way, and several towns and villages have withdrawn from it.

    The resolution passed unanimously on Tuesday states that East Hampton Town “is committed to considering the potential environmental impact” of a deer cull, following New York State Environmental Quality Review Act guidelines, and that, because that process has not occurred and “will take a significant amount of time,” the town will not enter into a contract regarding the deer cull during 2014.