The classic rephrased by Jeb Bush: "Robbing from Committing Acts of Love on the rich and giving to the poor" Spotted in Ithaca, at the mall parking lot. (Yeah, you can feel sorry for me.)...
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sent this bulletin on 01/15/2014 12:59 PM EST Hello, The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued the following press release:
Special Deer Hunting Season in Central Tompkins County to Help Control Local Deer Population
Deer Management Focus Area Open Until January 31, 2014A special deer hunting season to help control the deer population in and around the city of Ithaca, Tompkins County, will be open until January 31, 2014, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Ken Lynch announced today. The Deer Management Focus Area (DMFA) program was initiated in 2012 in the Ithaca area to expand the use of hunting to assist local communities burdened with overabundant deer populations. The DMFA encompasses 60,000 acres of land in and around the city of Ithaca, including the city and town of Ithaca, the villages of Cayuga Heights and Lansing, and parts of the towns of Danby, Caroline, Dryden, Lansing, Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses.
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:How did it work out? The Ithaca Journal reports, Cayuga Heights spends $35K to sterilize 12 does: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? Don’t 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 they’ve done for the deer of Cayuga Heights, we’re sunk.
Cascadilla Creek, not far from my home in Ithaca, carries water from one of the main gorges that cuts through campus high above to Cayuga Lake. But to get there, it travels through my neighborhood. Normally flooding is not a problem. Except when the creek freezes over and...
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