We received lots of responses for and against our editorial reluctantly supporting a plan to have federal sharpshooters cull the East End’s runaway deer population.
Though a lawsuit prompted East Hampton Town and Village to opt out, the cull is now underway in Southold.
Here’s what viewers said:
Jamie Glassberg, Smithtown:
“It’s disgusting that you’re taking sides with the deer hunt, who are going to massacre 3,000 animals. These poor animals did nothing wrong. You don’t just say oh, let’s just kill them.”
Sandra Mott, Riverhead:
“There are other options including birth control. Killing is not the only option.”
Richard Kemp, Patchogue:
“I am in favor of sharpshooters. They have let it go too long.”
Louis Comito, Central Islip:
“I’ve been a hunter all my life. Why can’t the deer be transported upstate where the deer population is less and it gives hunters upstate a better chance at getting deer.”
Candice Kulak of Wading River e-mailed:
“To those that say the deer population is exaggerated, visit my yard. At any given time there are at least 25 deer on this block alone. Every neighbor has had a car hit by deer. Enough is enough!”
And Carol Vaughn of Merrick writes:
“This solution is a win for controlling Lyme disease. Our family has been devastated by Lyme disease. I love the East End’s natural beauty, but agree with the culling.”
And you’ll find more diverse views-culled from viewers-here on our website and on our Facebook page, where you too can take “Your Turn.”