County helps towns tackle deer problem

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Zachary Fellman is home from school with a stomach ache, but last November the 3rd grader had a much more serious disease.

Melissa Fellman, Zachary’s Mom, said, “He had shown up one morning in our room on a Monday morning with Bell’s Palsy, though we didn’t know what it was at the time. And we kind of freaked a little bit and went to the emergency room and they diagnosed him with Bell’s Palsy and said the leading cause of Bell’s Palsy in a child is Lyme Disease.”

Zachary tested positive for lyme disease.  His mom said there is a lot of deer where they live in Jamesville.

“Each day we’ll probably see two or three running through our yard. Either in our yard or in the woods but it’s a pretty prevalent population around here,” said Fellman.

Fellman is fine if the deer stay in the woods behind her house but what she doesn’t like is that the deer are getting comfortable. 

They’re starting to walk out of the woods and down into her cul-de-sac where the neighborhood kids play.

Ryan McMahon, Chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature, said, “It’s amazing how the behavior changes and how once the deer get use to living in an urban or suburban population things that used to scare them don’t scare them anymore.”

DeWitt isn’t the only town with a deer problem- now the County Legislature is offering up money to help communities come up with a plan to manage the animals.

“This is really a public health issue and we want to be here for local resources for local communities,” McMahon said.

Zachary and his mom agree, saying that towns should develop a plan to keep deer where they belong.

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