Following a 300 person protest, meetings with town officials, and a successful restraining order against the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature and the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island stopped culls of nearly 5,000 deer in Southampton, Sagaponack, East Hampton, Riverhead, Brookhaven, and Shelter Island.

Southold, the only town that moved forward with a cull, was only able to kill 192 deer out of a goal of 3,000, proving not only that the deer were smarter than the USDA, but also that their population was far less than both hunters’ and the town of Southold had claimed.