Update on Nature Preserve deer population
In fall 2011, after careful consideration of all options, Binghamton University’s Committee on the University Environment (CUE) determined it was necessary to cull deer from the University’s Nature Preserve to prevent further damage to its diverse plant and wildlife environment being caused by an over-population of deer. The University planned to hire an outside firm, using sharpshooters during a holiday break, to cull approximately 90 percent of the deer from the Nature Preserve — a decision CUE determined was the most humane way to manage the overpopulation.
Reaction from the community was immediate and vocal, but split fairly evenly between those who supported the culling and those who did not. In late December 2011, a New York state court ruled that the University must complete an environmental review under New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) before any action can be taken.
In addition to looking at all options of how to protect the Nature Preserve’s habitat, CUE is currently seeking an independent firm to conduct a count of the deer population in the preserve, in anticipation of completing the SEQR environmental review.