Culling being considered as Syracuse moves forward with deer management plan

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Syracuse Tick and Deer Management Advisory Group is getting closer to finalizing a plan to deal with deer. Mayor Walsh appointed the Tick and Deer Management Advisory Group to create a plan to address the health and safety issues resulting from the tick and deer population in parts of the city.

According to the group, about 50 percent of adult ticks in the Syracuse and DeWitt areas are positive for Lyme disease and the number of deer in residential neighborhoods doubles about every three years. Tuesday, the public was given an opportunity to ask questions about deer management and Lyme disease at a meeting at Corcoran High School.

“I think it is really important for people to understand that this is a very complex issue,” said Kristina Ferrare, a forestry program specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension  “There isn’t one silver bullet that is going to solve the problem.”

Deer culling is very much being considered to cut down on the number of deer in neighborhoods. Last month, the Common Council the door with new legislation that would allow lethal means of management.

“We basically expanded the possible opportunities in the areas that we can reduce the herd and employ culling,” said Joe Driscoll, who represents the 5th District in the City of Syracuse.

More information about the deer management plan is expected to be announced later this month.

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