SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Culling deer is the best option for the City of Syracuse, according to a group studying the issue. But not all neighbors are on board with killing to cut down on their numbers.
At Nottingham High School on Tuesday night, plenty of neighbors spoke out about deer management.
The Syracuse Tick and Deer Management Advisory Group, made up of environmental specialists and city leaders, has recommended the city start reducing the number of deer by culling.
The group has recommended hiring sharpshooters, as well as using bait to attract the deer on public and private land.
Tensions rose as the debate went on, with conflicting feedback from neighbors.
“The public is opposed to repeated culling and pain and suffering techniques,” one person said.
“I really commend all of you for the hard work you are doing. Can’t wait for you to get started. You can start on my property,” said another.
The recommendations that have been made are tentative as public input continues.
No matter what the final plan says, this is not a quick fix. Experts say Syracuse is about eight years away from having the deer population under control.