Deer and Tick Crisis – Please Take This Survey

Our town continues to be hard hit by increasing levels of tick-borne diseases and a worsening overpopulation of the ticks’ hosts, deer.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation describes Southold’s situation as “the most severe” in the state and warns of “serious impacts on forest regeneration, biodiversity protection and public health.”

We, the North Fork Civics, have asked the members of the North Fork Deer Alliance and the North Fork Environmental Council to work with us to present a sustainable plan to the Town of Southold to respond to our escalating deer and tick health crisis. 

We believe there is a problem and that it is solvable! We can have:  Healthy deer, healthy people, healthy nature.

Now, we want to hear from you!  We’ve created a community engagement questionnaire entitled “Deer and Ticks:  A Southold Public Health Crisis” to learn which health, economic, environmental and quality-of-life factors are most important to you.  We also want to learn how much the community knows about how our escalating deer and tick crisis is unique to our island region.

1.     Please consider taking this anonymous 15-question survey.

2.     You can find the survey here:

3.     Please respond before September 30, 2021

4.     Results will be posted on after the survey is complete.

Thank you. 

North Fork Civics, North Fork Deer Alliance, North Fork Environmental Council

The North Fork Civics is a coalition including the Orient Association, the East Marion Civic Association, the Cutchogue Civic Association, and the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association.