Updated 08/24/2012 06:14 PM
Deer culling can proceed in Cayuga Heights
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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Village of Cayuga Heights can now move forward with its deer management plan.
Neighbors who filed a lawsuit against the village over the plan to sterilize a core group of deer and shoot the rest have decided not to appeal. The plan to has been the center of heated controversy for years.
A group of twelve people sued to stop the program last year, arguing that the plan did not sufficiently address adverse impacts or look into alternatives. However, the courts ruled favor of village leaders.
The group decided not to file an appeal, but says they aren't giving up, writing, "The struggle to protect our community from this violent and unnecessary killing program is far from over. There are more people than ever, here in Ithaca and all around New York State, including numerous distinguished Cornell faculty members, attorneys and nonprofit organizations, who are ready to support our efforts to find a better approach than the mass slaughter of wildlife in our community's neighborhoods."