Falconer Resident Concerned With Deer Population

FALCONER- At least one Falconer resident is asking the village board to help control the deer population.

Rue Schultz, of West Avenue, spoke about the matter during the Jan. 13 board meeting.

“I have as many as nine deer in my backyard,” said Schultz. “My dog gets kicked by them, and our shrubbery is gone.”

Lisa Vanstrom, Chautauqua County legislator from District 15, spoke about the procedure currently underway in Ellicott, saying Falconer would be unable to do it until next year since paperwork was due in December.

The procedure Vanstrom referred to is the bait-and-shoot program, which will be taking place on Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s property behind Fairmount Plaza. Ellicott has about 10-15 pounds of cracked corn set up each day for two to three weeks to attract the deer. Scott Schrecengost, Celoron mayor, is the one doing the baiting.

In other news, Commander Frank LaMarca of the Henry Mosher Post 638 American Legion in Falconer attended, along with Joe Paladino and Bill Servis to ask the village board to explore the possibility of a veterans’ memorial in Davis Park.

“Little by little, we will be putting together a memorial park in our veterans’ name,” said LaMarca. “We are working on plans right now.”

The board also congratulated Falconer Public Library Librarian Sue Seamans and the library staff on the designation once again as a Fire-Star Award Winner by The Library Journal.

Trustee DeEtte Dispenza announced she will be attending a farmers’ market network meeting. The network contains markets from Allegany, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The Falconer market operates Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June to October. The board will look into signage advertising the Falconer farmers’ market.