MANLIUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Village of Fayetteville and Town of Manlius have started early planning for another deer culling program next year.
That would be year five for the Village and year two for the Town.
The Town joined onto the Village program very late in 2018 for the culling carried out this January, February and March.
Village Mayor Mark Olson says, “It’s done at night, and it’s done professionally by the USDA, so we’ve listened to the experts and we’ve listened to what they’ve had to tell us that we should do and it’s worked out for us.”
This year’s program was a bit smaller than they had hoped, down from six sites to just four for a variety of reasons.
Town Supevisor Ed Theobald tells NewsChannel 9 why they joined in on the program, “My major concern is the health of our residents, the safety of our residents, car accidents, Lyme disease.”
They are still waiting for exact numbers from the USDA for this year’s program, probably sometime later this month.
Olson says there seems to be another drop in car deer crashes.
“I think it was down 30 percent at one point, I think it was 20 percent the next year. I think that’s a really dramatic decrease and I think that’s important because anybody that’s been in a car accident knows it’s not just the deer and it’s not just the car, it’s all the other things that go with it, costs associated with it,” he says.
Theobald tells NewsChannel 9, “Once we get a good read on what happens next year that’ll give us a better indication of moving forward for a larger part of the Town.”
They both say the goal is to get the deer population down to a manageable number that is safe for people and deer to live together.