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For Release: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Deer Task Force Formed for Portion of Albany County

DEC Seeks Input on Size of the Local Deer Herd

A deer management citizen task force has been formed for Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 4J, which includes the city of Albany, the town of Colonie and portions of the towns of Guilderland, Bethlehem and New Scotland in Albany County, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

During the task force process, people representing a wide range of interests concerned with the deer population in a particular area are brought together for a series of meetings. The members of the task force are charged with representing their respective interests and making a specific recommendation to DEC regarding the size of the deer population in WMU 4J. The information the task force gathers from its constituents will serve as the basis for its recommendations to DEC. As WMU 4J is a highly suburbanized area, only archery is allowed for deer hunting.

Stakeholders are people affected by deer who have a particular concern or interest in the overall deer population in a given WMU. Farmers, hunters, foresters, conservationists, the tourism industry, public safety representatives, landowners and small business owners are all considered potentially interested stakeholders.

Task force members have been asked to seek information from and reflect the needs of other citizens. Task Force members and the stakeholder interest that they represent are listed below. Please feel free to contact the task force member who best represents your particular interest before March 30 to express your views. Specifically, task force members are looking for input regarding the three questions listed below. Only input regarding the size of the deer herd is being sought at this time.

  1. Is the size of this year's deer herd in Wildlife Management Unit 4J too high, too low or about right?
  2. Should the deer herd in your area increase, decrease or remain stable? If it should change then how much should it change (as a percent of the current total)?
  3. What are the benefits and consequences of your recommendation?

Listed below are the names and contact information for task force members. Members of the public may also send their opinions regarding the size of the deer herd directly to DEC at: wildlife.r4@dec.ny.gov; or via U.S. mail to Karl Parker, DEC Region 4, 1130 North Westcott Road Schenectady, NY 12306.

Task Force Members:

Agricultural Representative: Dave Oreshan, wildlife.r4@dec.ny.gov

Sporting Representative: Kevin Busch, Albany County Conservation Alliance, kkm3@msn.com

Law Enforcement: Lt. Robert Berben, town of Bethlehem Police Dept., rberben@townofbethlehem.org

Tourism/Business Representative: Erika Gauthier, Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, egauthier@guilderlandchamber.com

Ecologist: Norbert Quenzer, Environmental Consultant/Ecologist, nquenzer@bagdonenvironmental.com

Taxidermist: Matt Pigliavento, mattandniki823@aol.com

Public Land Manager: Neil Gifford, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, ngifford@albanypinebush.org

Highway Safety Representative: Bill Neeley/Tom Romano, Colonie Highway Department, neeleyb@colonie.org

Birder: Alison Van Keuren, Aev12159@gmail.com

Private Property/Golf Course Owner: Joe Cea/Rich Brumley, jcea@nycap.rr.com, rcbrumley@yahoo.com

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