SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Neighbors in the City of Syracuse are weighing in when it comes to ticks and deer in the area.
An advisory group presented its draft management plan at Nottingham High School on Tuesday night.
We knew that all options were being considered by the city, including deer culling, and that’s what is being recommended as Syracuse looks to shrink the deer population.
The Syracuse Tick and Deer Management Advisory Group, made up of environmental specialists and officials have recommended the city start killing deer in significant numbers by using certified sharpshooters. It suggests they use public and private property for culling sites and have all that deer meat donated to local food banks.
“What brought us to this point was listening to feedback from the community. Through our neighbors and neighborhoods feel strongly that the overpopulation of deer having a significant negative impact not only on their quality of life, but also their health,” Mayor Ben Walsh said.
Along with killing deer, measures to address the number of ticks are also being considered.
Mayor Walsh says the plan should be finalized in a few weeks and begin being implemented later this year.