The Town of Ithaca Deer Management Committee invites the public to attend a public comment session on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, New York.

In May 2017, the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board presented a report (Deer Management: Recommended Actions for the Town of Ithaca) to the Ithaca Town Board. This report outlined the history and justification of deer management (health and human safety, ecological, agricultural losses, car-deer collisions, NYSDEC Deer Management Focus Area), a review of local deer management programs in Tompkins County (Village of Trumansburg, Cornell University, Village of Cayuga Heights, Village of Lansing), and provided recommendations for a potential Town of Ithaca deer management program (form sub-committee, utilize NYSDEC Deer Damage Permits for a Town program, measure impacts of deer to asses effectiveness of program, coordinate efforts with adjacent municipalities and Cornell University, etc.). The Ithaca Town Board reviewed and discussed this report and in September 2017, formally established a Deer Management Committee. This Committee has met several times and would now like to hear from the public regarding this report.

The report is available on the Town’s website (http://www.town.ithaca.ny.us/Deer) or printed copies can be picked up at Town Hall (215 North Tioga Street).
Written comments on the report can also be submitted to the Deer Management Committee and will be accepted through June 1, 2018. Please direct written comments to Michael Smith , Senior Planner, 215 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Contact for news release: William Goodman, Town Supervisor, 607-273-1721