Ellicott Bait-And-Shoot Off To A Slow Start

ELLICOTT- At Ellicott’s town board meeting last week, the board discussed the progress of the bait-and-shoot program taking place in West Ellicott.

The bait-and-shoot, which takes place on Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s property behind Fairmount Plaza, started not with a bang, but a whimper. The harvesting of the deer started after a couple of weeks of lying down 10-15 pounds of cracked corn each day. Cecil Miller III, Ellicott supervisor, reported that less deer than what was initially expected were brought in. However, he feels the bitter cold of last week may account for the lack of initial success of the program.

Discussion of the deer problem dates back to July 2011, around the same time Celoron began the discussion, and later implementation, of their own bait-and-shoot program. In May 2013, the issue was revisited, and after months of planning, the bait-and-shoot program has finally been implemented.

Ellicott signed an agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation, receiving 50 tags from them.