MILFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials say more than a dozen deer that have wandered onto a 14-acre island during low tide will be euthanized to prevent them from starving and to protect a large breeding colony of heron and egrets.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says there’s not enough food to sustain the 16 deer living on Charles Island, off Milford’s Coast. There are also no predators or hunting to reduce the population.

The DEP says euthanizing the deer is also necessary to protect nesting habitat of several kinds of birds, including certain egrets listed by the state as threatened species.

DEP officials say they consulted with the Connecticut Audubon Society and Audubon Connecticut about the plans.

They did not say when the deer would be euthanized.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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