In 2005, the EHGW brought Irwin Liu, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, to East Hampton to give a public lecture on deer contraception. Dr. Liu is a distinguished researcher who developed the major contraception method in use today.
In 2006, the EHGW commissioned Frank Verret to conduct the first-ever scientific survey of the deer population in East Hampton. Using a ground-based, distance sampling method, Verret estimated 3, 293 deer. We presented his written report to the Town Board and all East Hampton libraries.
In 2006 and 2007, EHGW co-sponsored protests of Montauk shark tournaments with the Humane Society of the United States.
In 2008, EHGW obtained Town Board approval to install roadside reflectors, designed to reduce auto/deer collisions, along a 0.6 mile stretch of Stephen Hands Path. We later installed reflectors along another 0.6 mile of the same road. Preliminary data indicated that the reflectors were effective.
First Monday in January, 2009 Bill and Ellen Crain with support from members of EHGW start the first of four annual 3-day hunger strikes to protest the opening of shotgun season for deer.
In 2009, EHGW partnered with ECCO Farm to install a fence around their vegetable plots as an alternative to the farm’s plan for a deer cull on their property.
In 2009, on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, EHGW sponsored an Honor the Animals celebration in East Hampton town.
In 2009, EHGW vigorously oppose new town rule to allow turkey hunting, noting turkeys are the biggest consumer of ticks in Suffolk County. We convinced the town board to write the DEC objecting to the lack of consultation with East Hampton prior to announcing the rule.
In 2010, EHGW participated in Town Board Deer Summit and accused the DEC of promoting deer hunting to sell licenses.
In 2010, EHGW partnered with Friends of Animals to protest pro-hunting bias of DEC at Region I headquarters in Stonybrook, NY.
In 2011, EHGW gave an invited presentation to the Town Board on immunocontraception and submitted a written pilot study proposal to the board.
In 2011, EHGW sponsors protest of first shark tournament of the season at Star Island Marina, Montauk.
In 2012, in response to the Town Board’s Deer Management Plan, EHGW submitted “Deer: A Humane Plan,” which described non-lethal methods of living in harmony with the deer.
On numerous occasions we have provided information on landscaping with deer-resistant plants to town residents through leaflets and newspaper advertisements.
In 2012 EHGW prepared and widely distributed a brochure called “Deer and You: Learn to Appreciate and Live in Harmony with White-Tailed Deer.” The brochure addressed Lyme Disease, deer-vehicle collisions, facts about deer, a list of deer resistant plants, and nonlethal action items to avoid problems people might have with deer.
In January, 2013, the EHGW led a rally of over 300 people opposing the Long Island Farm Bureau and USDA’s plan for an extensive deer cull in East Hampton. Our co sponsors were Long Island Orchestrating for Nature and the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island.
In 2014, the EHGW was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that resulted in a temporary restraining order (TRO) against East Hampton participating in the planned deer cull. Part of the reason we were granted the TRO was that the 2013 fly-over count, commissioned by the Town Board, found 877 deer, a huge drop from the baseline established by our survey in 2006. A few days after the TRO, the town and village withdrew from the planned cull.
In 2014 EHGW members spoke at several board meetings against sterilization, for the 4-poster system, against weekend hunting, and against expansion of hunting.
Accomplishments or News item: On June 18, 2015, our group hosted a Town-wide conference,
"The Deer Controversy: Updates and Solutions." Speakers included Larry Penny, Randy Parsons,
Ilissa Meyers, Ellen Crain, and Dell Cullum.
Among the highlights was Larry's presentation of evidence that questions the negative impact of deer on the town's understory vegetation.
Randy gave a clear presentation of the 4-Poster method of tick control, while Ilissa and Ellen discussed sterilization and contraception, respectively.
Dell concluding the meeting with slide presentation on the wonder and beauty of deer. Over 50 residents attended and engaged in an enthusiastic discussion.