Fairfield

Fairfield joined the Alliance in February 2006 and withdrew in April 2009. The local representative was initially Edward Jones. There has been recent renewed interest in solving the deer problem from some Fairfield residents. Patricia Sesto, Co-Chairman of the Alliance, recently made a presentation to the town Conservation Department.

ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF DEER

In 2010 researchers at the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College compltede an economic study of all Fairfield County towns looking at the economic impact of deer overpopulation. It was estimated that Fairfield spends over $16.9 million every year on the problems caused by deer. This is the greatest amount of any town in Fairfield County. Each single family residence is estimated to be spending over $1000 a year on expenses such as tick and deer repellent sprays, landscape deer exclusion fencing, shrub and other plant losses, auto accidents with deer and illnesses caused by ticks.

WHAT MORE COULD BE DONE?

The Alliance strongly encourages towns suffering from the effects of deer overpoulation to enlist the free help and advice of the CT DEP on how to effectively reduce nuisance deer numbers and economic losses. DEP simply require an official letter from the town asking for their advice. The Towns of Redding and Brookfield are currently working with the DEP to come up with affordable, safe and humane solutions to deer overpopulation in their residential areas in order to reduce their deer-vehicle accident rates, high number of tick borne illnesses and environmental destruction by excess deer. Any proposal by the DEP is obviously subject to approval by the town. If the cost of the solution is less than the cost (both in economic terms and in quality of life terms) of the ongoing problem, then surely it is worth considering?