Samantha Hunt has written three novels: The Seas , the tale of a woman who may be a mermaid; The Invention of Everything Else , in which a young hotel maid befriends Nikola Tesla; and Mr. This is a representative snippet:. Now I see it is the surplus and affluence of America. Plus something else, something toxic, leaking poison, fear.
Acorns are a dietary staple of white-tailed deer and other species, and in a year bereft of acorns, Thomas decides to feed the deer store-bought corn. She slowly builds a pro-corn case, citing her own reasons, some of which are reasonable more deer will be killed by hunters than by deer feeders , some dubious, like the idea that even though it is perhaps wrong, other people do it, as she soon learns. If you are a suburbanite looking for ways to stop deer from eating your tomatoes and bringing you Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, then this is not the book for you. She will confound, too, as when she claims to respect some hunters but, while out hunting with one, leaves before catching up to a deer he shoots. She also lies to the game officer about who did the shooting, to help the hunter exceed his quota.
City and state authorities have tracked dozens of illegal hunting incidents as Staten Island's deer herd has grown in the last decade. Official accounts show at least eight deer were likely killed by poachers in the last three years, though Staten Islanders have reported dozens more dead , many with their heads and antlers cut off as trophies. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC, has investigated roughly 27 tips about deer poaching in the borough since January Some dead deer were found with clear signs of being hunted by gun or bow and arrow. In a few cases, evidence like a tree stand or bait pile indicated poaching.
Most people who live there or visit love their deer visitors. Fire Island is where the Humane Society first tested and proved its contraceptive program. The population density went up slightly, then fell dramatically. Overall the estimates of the deer population went from to at the peak down to about now.