Save Our Deer: Supporting Science and Community Involvement Over Slaughter


This page is run by residents of Poughkeepsie, NY who oppose the decision of Vassar College to bait and kill local deer—who travel through many of our own backyards—without allowing for community input or serious consideration of humane alternatives.

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This week brings us two actions you can take for the deer:

1) Join us this coming Sunday, January 22th, as we hold a rally outside Vassar's main entrance to educate returning Vassar students and their parents. The rally will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

2) Sign Vassar senior Ian Snyder's petition to the Vassar Administration.

Check out the rest of our site to contact us, learn more about the many issues involved, see photos, and find out other ways to help.

Recent Events

On January 9th, 2016, two dozen people braved the cold to advocate for the deer slain by Vassar College. The rally was met by countless approving honks and thumbs-ups from passerby and leaflets were distributed to educate the community on this ongoing issue. A modified version of the following advert ran in the Poughkeepsie Journal:

Join your neighbors and rally for our deer this Saturday, January 9th, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the corner of Raymond and College View Avenues. Vassar has failed to make known when the shootings will occur, but we fear they could already be underway. We must act now to make the deer's voices heard! We hope to see you there!


Vassar has just announced that its killings will be made annual, with shootings occurring between now and the return of students on January 24th.The late announcement of this decision was strategically timed so as to prevent the organized oppositions such announcements have met in the past: few students stay in the area during their Winter Break and area residents are preoccupied with seasonal holidays. Yet, many Poughkeepsie residents, Vassar College students, and faculty are strongly opposed to the plan, as the deer wander peaceably in small groups throughout our neighborhoods. Yet, Vassar College plans to bait these harmless animals with food for weeks, and then hire a sharpshooter to slaughter as many females and fawns as possible. The College already did this in 2010, 2013, and 2015, killing at this point over 100 deer, and still acts without the consent of our community or their own.

Vassar College is not operating in a vacuum, and it is imperative that they take into account the sensibilities of all invested parties in making such a controversial decision about wildlife management. Such inclusion of community input in order to reach a workable compromise would have been legally required had the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation done its job, and required that the college prepare an Environmental Impact Statement before issuing a permit to mass-shoot in the midst of residential neighborhoods. This issue is still pending in court. It is also our view that, as an institution of higher learning, it is incumbent on the college to treat our wildlife with intellectual integrity and humane practices.

This site and the group SOD -- Save Our Deer exists so that all who oppose Vassar College's unwarranted and inhumane actions have a place to organize and get the latest news. Check back frequently for updated information! We ask that you express your support for the cause by joining our group on Facebook by clicking HERE and exploring our site.