MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- A coyote attack on deer in the Village of Mamaroneck has prompted Mayor Norman Rosenblum to renew his call for tougher controls over wildlife.
Mamaroneck resident Joe Gorin told village officials in an email on Thursday that a coyote attacked a deer in his neighborhood overnight.
"I have spotted coyotes in Shore Acres in the early mornings and at night,'' Gorin wrote. "The deer population entering shore acres is totally out of control now. In the evenings, I often see packs totaling as much as 10 – 15 deer on my short walk of my dog."
Rosenblum replied: "I could not agree more with regard to the increased deer problem and the threat to the health and safety of the entire Village."
"I have gotten reports of deer problems from every part of the Village, from the 'Heights' to the entire sound shore," the mayor added.
"In fact, there were two deer on my neighbor's lawn on Carroll Ave. across from the school and these are small R-5 lots !!!" Rosenblum said in his email reply to Gorin, the village police chief and other public officials.
In May, an animal rights group filed a notice of a possible lawsuit against Westchester County and individual municipalities like Mamaroneck and Rye if their actions to kill deer by hired hunters result in harm to the public.
Rosenblum said he has created a local Ad Hoc Committee in conjunction with the City of Rye's committee and is working with Westchester County officials.
"While there always is opposition to suggested solutions, both (Rye Mayor) Joe Sack and I are working towards some type of action to be taken within the allowable NY State agency guidelines,'' Rosenblum said. "The deer herds in Rye and Mamaroneck are related and a coordinated action needs to be taken."
In November 2014, Mamaroneck village police reported having to shoot a coyote, but few details were released.
"In the meantime, please notify the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department when you spot a coyote on your or your neighbor's property,'' Rosenblum advised.
Gorin, in his original email complaint, added: "I can’t leave my dog in the yard now and my kids are scared of the coyotes and afraid to go outside."
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