Oh Deer!

Alert “06880” reader, RTM member and dedicated agenda scrutinizer John McCarthy reminded me that the RTM’s deer management subcommittee meets next Monday (December 3, 6:45 p.m., Town Hall room 309).

Up for discussion: “an estimate of the cost to cull 1/2 of Westport’s deer population in the next 10 years based on actual costs incurred by other surrounding towns who have culling programs and conversations with White Buffalo.”

I was so excited! The White Buffalo is one of my favorite singers. He sort of combines Waylon Jennings, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and the Black Keys. Plus he’s got a great back-up band.

But I did a little digging — why would The White Buffalo take time from touring to cull deer in Westport? — and realized that surrounding towns “converse” not with The White Buffalo the singer, but White Buffalo “the leading expert in population control of white-tailed deer in highly sensitive areas such as suburban communities and city parks.”


Still, the 2nd part of Monday’s meeting could be very interesting.

The subcommittee will hear “estimated costs associated with a PZP program which would halve Westport’s deer population in 10 years based on previous contraception program costs.”

After which the subcommittee will discuss “deer reproductive behavior.”

So if you have any interest in deer sex, come out on Monday.

As for me, I’ll reserve judgment on deer condoms until I hear both sides of the story.





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