- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - A group called “Save Our Deer” is protesting a plan by Vassar College to thin the deer herd on its ecological preserve in Poughkeepsie.

Management officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct the deer cull sometime this month. Vassar spokesman Jeffrey Kosmacher says there’s an overpopulation of deer in the Hudson Valley, causing damage to sapling trees and other plants.

Kosmacher says studies show that plant and animal communities have been greatly damaged at northeastern sites when there are more than 10 deer per square mile. The population at the Vassar Farm is estimated at between 48 and 59 per square mile.

The opposition group says it’s cruel to thin the herd by putting out bait and shooting deer in the head.

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