The city has created a Deer Committee to look into landscaping damage, vehicle collisions, disease and population levels involving the animals. The Board of Aldermen approved the new ad hoc group last week, appointing nine members. Shelton Conservation Commission members had suggested forming the committee due to shrub damage near trails and other issues. 'It's a big issue' Teresa Gallagher, city conservation agent, recently told an aldermanic committee that the Fairfield County Deer Management Alliance recommends towns have municipal deer committees to suggest local policies on deer-related matters. \u201cIt\u2019s a big issue,\u201d Gallagher told aldermen. She was appointed as one of the Deer Committee\u2019s members. Gallagher serves as the city of Shelton\u2019s representative on the Deer Alliance, which seeks a \u201ccollaborative approach to reducing the region\u2019s over abundant deer population.\u201d This approach to \u201crestoring balance\u201d in nature can lead to controlled deer hunts. Will make recommendations Alderman John P. Papa said the Shelton Deer Committee will make recommendations to the aldermen on \u201cwhat we can do to control the deer.\u201d Aldermanic President John F. Anglace Jr. said the nine committee members will study whether Shelton has a problem with too many deer, and if so, what could be done about it. Anglace said the nine members bring \u201ca good cross-section\u201d of backgrounds. \u201cIt\u2019s not all deer hunters,\u201d he said. Mayor Mark Lauretti said he often sees deer in his yard in the early morning, and he enjoys that experience. \u201cI like the deer,\u201d said Lauretti, suggested the Deer Committee should also consider implementing steps to protect deer. Deer impacting open space vegetation At the earlier committee meeting, Gallagher stressed that \u201copen space is being severely impacted\u201d by the high population of deer. The Deer Alliance website points to concerns with public health (Lyme disease), ecological damage to woodlands, and road safety due to accidents. Gallagher said a study showed the average Fairfield County household spends $900 annually dealing with deer issues. Committee members The appointed Deer Committee members are: \u2014 Dan Beardsley of Beardsley Orchards, environmental professional with a master\u2019s degree in environmental science. \u2014 William Dyer, Shelton Conservation Commission vice chairman and Shelton Trails Committee chairman. \u2014 Jeff Forte, chiropractic physician. \u2014 Teresa Gallagher, city conservation agent, Shelton\u2019s representative to the Deer Alliance, former Conservation Commission member, with a master\u2019s degree in environmental science. \u2014 Joel Hurliman, police chief, former Conservation Commission and Inland Wetlands Commission member, with a bachelor\u2019s degree in natural resource conservation. \u2014 Allison Knick-Menendez, master gardener and Community Garden Committee vice chairman. \u2014 Joseph Palmucci, Shelton Land Trust board member. \u2014 Paul Uhrynowski Jr., Land Trust treasurer. \u2014 Brad Wells, owner of Fairview Tree Farm.