Deer sterilization program stirs ire in New York's tony Hamptons; wildlife group files lawsuit

A program to curb the deer population in East Hampton has pitted one group that raised $100,000 to support a sterilization effort against another that's hauling the village of East Hampton into court to stop it.

The East Hampton Group for Wildlife is suing in state Supreme Court seeking to halt the program. It claims the village's contractors performed surgeries in an unsanitary shed, didn't wear proper protective gear and used veterinarians not licensed in New York.

Founder Bill Crain insists the village has yet to establish a need to cull the herds of deer that roam vast areas of eastern Long Island.

Village Administrator Becky Molinaro and others insist the deer are causing motor vehicle accidents and their voracious appetites cause them to obliterate vast areas of plant life.