The DEC? Please. The DEC favors hunters and hunting, and has a track record of "managing" the ecosystem via lethal means and beholden to special interests. If you find injured wildlife, try calling the DEC. They will tell you to do nothing. Let it die. A group like the one mentioned in the article, and others, will connect you with licensed wildlife rehabilitators who will rehab and release wildlife-- at their own expense, mind you, not taxpayers. These are people who work tirelessly saving waterfowl from being tangled in discarded fishing line, deer impaled with arrows, poisoned animals, and animals injured by cars, not to mention the countless cases of animals harmed by human cruelty. You do your homework. The DEC does nothing for that. The public is wary of reporting sightings to the DEC for fear that someday they will decide the "numbers" are too high, and expand hunting, or god forbid, trapping. View Comment
We should always be pleased when there are top predators in the ecosystem. That is a good thing. Keep your respectful distance and don't over react. No need to record on cameras and report to Big Brother. View Comment
Why are people calling the police to report sightings of animals? Police are for crimes and criminals. What kind of ninnies are calling the cops on a bunch of turkeys? And why is the news reporting that people are seeing animals? Isn't that kind of … NORMAL?
If you see an animal, take a moment of gratitude that there is any living thing left after we've paved over the earth and move on with your day people. View Comment
Let me get this straight, they mess up our drinking water and are fined. But the fines will come from taxpayer funds, right? What is the point? Another reason why County government is an unnecessary layer of WASTE. View Comment
There is a concept called "enlightened self interest." That means that to preserve our species we must understand that our population growth and lifestyle habits are unsustainable. Human overpopulation and consumption is the problem, not deer. Over development is the problem, not deer. It is in our own best interest to address the core issues if we wish to continue as a species. Blaming deer is the most laughable band aid anyone has come up with. It would actually be funny if the deer weren't the target of arrows. If the DEC cared at all about the forests they would be taking on developers. But the developers have govt in their back pocket so they come up with these ridiculous theories about deer eating the forest. Thousands of deer could not come close the damage done by one McMansion development. View Comment
If you slip and fall on someone's property, they can be held liable for injuries. If someone gets harmed by a hunter---when it was the govt.'s decision to allow hunting---why shouldn't the decision makers be liable? Same with trapping. The decision makers who allow traps, and the trappers, should be on the hook for any damages from their actions. Let the court sort it out. This is just logic. View Comment
I 100% agree with this. As a Westchester resident who is currently bleeding taxes, I have a big problem with an entire arm of county government existing primarily to pander to hunters. Why should my taxes pay for these officials who do little for wildlife other than to make sure there are enough animals for sportsmen to kill? What other hobby has full govt support?
I do not approve of hunting on taxpayer funded lands. Bowhunting is a niche hobby happening in places where I like to peaceably enjoy the park with my family. Most taxpayers are in fact not hunters, and cringe at the thought of arrows piercing flesh.
The municipalities and county should be completely liable for any injury that results from hunting, as their decisions put the public in danger. Thanks to this group for pointing this out. In places where trapping is legal, the public and pets are routinely harmed by hidden traps and no one is liable. More people should file this motion. And should the public be disturbed by seeing a wounded deer with an arrow through its nose (as happened in New Jersey recently) the govt should pay the tab for psychological distress and damage caused by their endorsement of this blood sport. View Comment
Why does giving venison to the homeless justify anything? We have enough food and money to feed the homeless and hungry without killing a single deer. All we have to do is mobilize and organize to distribute what we already have. The problem isn't lack of food. The problem is lack of resolve to help the poor. View Comment
I find it so curious that this story brings out mobs of people presuming they know exactly what was going on in Mrs. Brody's mind at the time. None of us know. We can safely assume that she had no desire to kill people and leave her kids motherless. So, it appears that it was a horrible, horrible mistake maybe brought on my lack of adequate safety warnings, maybe not. But really people, stop the mob mentality. View Comment
"By allowing human populations to explode, destroy habitat, and wipe out natural predators, we have created an environmental catastrophe." I fixed that sentence for you.
As for hunting, it is unacceptable is that hunters have an entire tax-supported arm of government supporting their hobby. So-called wildlife refuges and preserves are open to hunting and trapping all over the country, regardless of public opinion. There is no other sport or hobby that has that kind of govt support. Especially in Westchester where we are bleeding taxes. So forgive us taxpayers if we don't exactly trust the county for recommending their own bowhunting program to deal with deer. It is a huge conflict of interest. And there has been bowhunting here in Westchester for a long time, hasn't seemed to "work," and people are still lobbying for it to continue. View Comment
On a walk through Saxon Woods Park yesterday, I didn't see a single deer--or any animal for that matter. What I did see was litter and the backyards of McMansions. What I heard was the ever present highway traffic. The threat to the forests are development, traffic, lawns, golf courses, and McMansions. Can we please use our tax dollars to have an all day conference on that? Blaming the deer is ridiculous. And when a natural predator dare surface we freak out and call 911 (as people have been doing with coyotes). We all need to grow up and take responsibility for what humans have done to the ecosystem and stop scapegoating wildlife. View Comment
These are some of the cruelest, most tasteless comments I have ever seen. Get a life people. These children might be reading this. What could possibly be the upside of taking the time to write these nasty comments? It won't bring back a single one of the victims, and will only hurt these children. View Comment
This was not handled well. None of the kids were dismissed from school---that is erroneous reporting. In fact, parents were prevented from taking their kids home. Then, they bused the kids back from the middle school to the high school and I got a call from my daughter at 1:30 saying that they "ran out of food" for lunch, so she couldn't eat today. Parents are not permitted access to their children, the kids don't have food, no one answering the phone at the high school. Not okay Scarsdale. View Comment
Every single one of us is too stupid to be driving--yourself included. You're just figuring this out now? We make countless absentminded driving mistakes every day. People glance down at their phones, fiddle with a coffee cup, argue with the person next to them, drive while tired, drive while taking medications (it may be legal, but you're still impaired). It is nothing but DUMB LUCK that we don't kill more people on the roads when we do these things. Few of us actually pay proper attention behind the wheel. Judge not. View Comment
We don't know what happened. It was an unfamiliar road to her. She may not have been fully aware she was pulling onto tracks when she followed traffic and made the wrong panicked decision. Watch what you write. This woman left behind three children who are reading this. Judging her harshly won't bring back the dead, so what exactly is the point of such a comment. View Comment
It would help local businesses if the parking police would not be so aggressive with tickets. I vowed to stop shopping in Scarsdale village the day a cop was measuring (yes, actually measuring in inches) how far my car was jutting out into the street. Having roaming parking cops is very intimidating to customers and definitely keeps people away from downtown areas. I 100% support patronizing local businesses, but the police need to get on board too. View Comment
Glad they cracked down on this. These "massage" places and "foot spas" are popping up everywhere. For the most part, police do nothing about them. At the very LEAST, they are violating the law because massage is a licensed health profession that cost between 10 and 20K to learn. Out of fairness to the hardworking professionals who learn anatomy, physiology, and medical/sports massage, these chop shops need to be shut down. Also, the whole point of licensing health professions is to protect the public--which isn't happening with prostitutes and unlicensed hacks operating in plain sight. View Comment
Get this psychopath off of the streets. Whatever the MAX sentence is for animal cruelty, multiply it by 25 and put him away for every last second. Chances are if he is doing these twisted and sadistic things to cats, there are other crimes he has or will commit against vulnerable people. View Comment
Wow. Most comments are heartless and vile. Doesn't anyone have any compassion anymore? A life was lost. Someone's son, friend. May he rest in peace. What is it about internet comments that brings out the worst in people? View Comment