Who is Save Our Deer?
The group Save Our Deer was started by a small group of local
residents in 2009 who came together to oppose Vassar College’s initial
killing of the deer we have become accustomed to seeing in
our neighborhoods. We were soon joined by members of the Vassar College
community, including students, professors, and staff, as well as
numerous other residents from all over the Mid-Hudson Valley. We were
also graciously supported by animal advocacy groups and opponents of the
killings from across the world.
The inhumane baiting (with food) and
shooting of our small local deer herd by Vassar College should not have
happened and should not continue to happen. It initially proceeded due
to a legal error, which allowed the waiver of a City of Poughkeepsie gun
control ordinance to be issued. The second killing, which took place in the Town of Poughkeepsie, is understood to be
in violation of Town ordinances, as well.