Deer committee organizing informational efforts on impact of deer population

A 2012 photo of a deer on the lawn of an estate on Dans Highway. The town's ad hoc deer committee is working on twin goals to educate newer residents about the impact of overpopulation and recruit willing landowners to allow bow hunters to cull the population.

A 2012 photo of a deer on the lawn of an estate on Dan’s Highway. The town’s ad hoc deer committee is working on twin goals to educate newer residents about the impact of overpopulation and recruit willing landowners to allow bow hunters to cull the population.

Accidents, Lyme disease, and munching through the habitat of songbirds, turtles, and other woodland creatures.

The town’s ad hoc deer committee is pulling together information they hope will sway more property owners in town to let bow hunters help manage the population of seemingly ubiquitous white tailed deer in the town.

Achieving a meaningful drop in the population requires getting enough property owners to let bow hunters kill deer on private land, committee members said.

To step up management efforts, the committee will draft and then consider approving a letter they will ask town leaders to mail townwide about property damage, greater risk of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and car accidents that attend letting numbers grow unchecked,  Committee Chairman Dick Rose said Thursday.

The group is awaiting a report on the latest numbers of deer vs. car accidents, cases of Lyme disease, and property damage from the town’s Animal Control Officer MaryAnn Kleinschmitt to quantify and bolster the case they might make for the need of increased management, Rose said.

“We’re not about eradicating or getting rid of the deer,” Rose said. “What we want to do is manage the deer.”

The group is also working on organizing a round of presentations for the New Canaan Country Club, New Canaan Garden Club, and New Canaan Beautification League about management options.