HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON - Hastings-on-Hudson's effort to try and tame the deer population has got off to a slow start.

Only eight out of an estimated 120 doe have got the birth control. That was far short of the goal of injecting 40 to 50 doe in the first two years.

Workers from the Humane Society of the United States had hoped to start tranquilizing the doe with air guns and to inject the deer with birth control in February, but winter's harsh weather has made it difficult. They say they are committed to the program and will try again next year.

Village residents have resisted lethal methods of culling the herd.