Deer culling leads to donation of 8,000-plus lbs. of venison to Island Harvest

White tailed deer

The Fire Island National Seashore said Wednesday that it donated over 8,000 pounds of venison to the Island Harvest food bank following deer culling operations conducted this month at its properties. 

The culling included the removal of 230 deer; 130 from the William Floyd Estate and 100 from National Park Service lands on Fire Island.

Hauppauge-based Island Harvest is the largest hunger-relief organization on Long Island, delivering food to a network of 570 food pantries, soup kitchens and nonprofits across Long Island.

“Fire Island National Seashore is pleased to support our local community through this donation and continued partnership with Island Harvest,” Alex Romero, superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore, said in a statement.

Deer management operations have been completed for the 2020 season.

The venison was harvested as part of an integrated deer management strategy approved in 2016, with the goal of protecting natural habitats and historic landscapes at Fire Island National Seashore, the agency said. 

Fire Island National Seashore contracted with the nonprofit White Buffalo Inc. to conduct the deer culling.