Deer Committee
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What We Do

The New Canaan Deer Committee is an ad hoc committee appointed by the Board of Selectman pursuant to the recommendation in New Canaan's Long-Range Plan that actions should be taken to "explore all means available for controlling the deer population to reduce the high incidence of Lyme disease." There is a direct correlation between the incidence of Lyme disease and the proliferation of deer. The all-volunteer committee has met and listened to biologists, scientists and medical doctors discuss issues and concerns relating to the environment, safety, health, natural ecosystems and animal welfare. Our objective is to raise awareness and provide an educational forum for the community.

More information may be obtained by calling the State Department of Environmental Protection at 860-642-7239. Letters were sent to all households with the Deer Committee Recommendations. 

Deer Committee Letter

The Deer Hotline is 594-3138. If a resident leaves a number, we will return the call and give information for hiring a hunter, and providing a list of names for those who are available to hunt, using bow and arrow.

The Town Survey is available here, or it may be picked up in the Selectman's office in Town Hall.The Town of New Canaan Survey on Lyme disease and Deer Issues was conducted by the University of Connecticut's Center for Research and Analysis.


Richard Rose, Chairman
John Erdmann
William Knobloch
David McConnaughey
Marjorie Stein
Avery Stirratt
Margo Sission

Allison Halm, New Canaan Animal Control Officer - Consultant
David Reed, M.D. - Medical Director - NC Health Department - Consultant


Meetings are held in the Board Room on the 2nd floor of Town Hall. No meetings are held during the months of June and July. 

Schedule of Meetings, Agendas and Minutes