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Question: Have You Spotted Deer in Your Backyard?

Patch readers tell us they've spotted deer in heavy trafficked areas such as Veterans Memorial Highway.


A deer dashing across a roadway is not unheard of on Long Island, but some local residents are surprised just how close these animals are coming. 

Several Patch readers including Hauppauge resident Phyllis Stein reported seeing a deer along Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge, outside the Fourth Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department. 

Stein said she was driving westbound on Veterans Highway at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, heading towards Commack, when she stopped at a red light outside the precinct and Suffolk County Legislature offices. She noticed a what she estimated to be a young doe along the tree line on the side of the highway. 

"I know we have some concerns with deer along the Northern State Parkway.. but I never expected to see one right there on Vets Highway," Stein wrote. 

There are deer crossing signs in the area, such as along portions of Northern State Parkway and the northern end of Sunken Meadow Parkway. 

But our question is: Have you seen deer near your backyard? Are deer being spotted in the Commack-Hauppauge area near main roadways or your neighbors' house, away from the state parks? 

Tell us in the comments below. 

N Van Riper July 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Yes. Northfield Road, Hauppauge; A 4-5 point buck and a doe on Monday evening this week and last week the doe was also spotted same area, in the LIPA easement property. Also Simeon Woods Road, Rabro Drive last summer a family of 4 was spotted at that intersection.
gfamily July 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
cardinal Lane too!!
Sui September 22, 2012 at 09:12 AM
I haven't spotted deer, however I've heard they are hanging out by the corners of New Highway and Harned Road. Where they are building across from the Fire House there and diagonal. Just wanted to mention also, here on Shinbone lane there are fox that I often see running around in the evenings.


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