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ROUND TABLE RUMINATES OVER DEER PROBLEM

More public education and better cooperation among the Amherst, county and state highway departments are expected to be among the recommendations of a task force studying the town's deer overpopulation problem.

Deer-car collisions was the topic Wednesday morning during one of three round-table discussions that will be used as the basis of a report by the Amherst Deer Management Task Force to the Town Board on what to do about the large numbers of deer in the town's northeast section.

A session Wednesday night involved comments from landscapers and one scheduled for 7 p.m. today involves farmers and growers.

Deer-car collisions account for nearly 10 percent of the town's accidents, Police Capt. Enzio Villalta told the 19-member group.

It was 8.5 percent last year, or 397 accidents out of a total of 4,653, but most years it is closer to 9.5 percent, he said. By comparison, less than 2 percent of the accidents in the town are alcohol-related.

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