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Oct 20, 2009 4:44 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Village code amended to allow taller "deer fences"

Oct 20, 2009 4:44 PM

Residents of East Hampton Village can now erect 8-foot-tall fences around their property to protect their lawns and gardens from foraging deer.

The East Hampton Village Board approved the measure on Friday after a public hearing at which one resident supported the change.

The village used to have a 6-foot height restriction on fences.

The board approved an amendment to the village code that changed the definition of fence to allow barriers, whether they be made of wood, stone or other materials, to be 8 feet tall from the natural grade.

The code change also allows property owners to have a single, smooth, non-electric wire strung between two posts at the top of the fence, provided the wire is no higher than 8 feet.

Stringing a wire across the top of a fence is commonly used to deter deer, said Dianne Benson, a village resident who spoke at the public hearing and sent a letter to the board.

She said in her letter that the number of deer around her property has multiplied over the years and that the animals pose a threat to gardeners like herself. At the meeting, Ms. Benson encouraged the board to approve the amendment, pointing out that deer can jump 6-foot fences.

Erin geismar

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"Stringing a wire across the top of a fence is commonly called used to deter deer. . ." (sic?)
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 20, 09 2:35 PM
Good catch. I put the correction in.
By BOReilly (135), Hampton Bays on Oct 20, 09 2:42 PM
Unfortunalty, all this deer fencing only pushes them on to the roadsides. I believe that that what appears to be a dramatic increase in the herd is mostly a reduction in roaming space. I have lived here since birth, 54 years ago, and have never hit a deer until this year. My wife and I have hit 3 between us. I say ban the fencing and let them roam.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Oct 23, 09 9:39 AM