Syracuse continues to work on Deer Management Plan

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Winter is not far away, which means so is deer culling. The City of Syracuse continues to take aim at its deer and tick management plan. There’s still work to do.

“Implementing in an urban area can be more challenging because there are fewer spaces that have the wide open setbacks, the open spaces that make culling operations, deer management operations possible,” said Greg Loh, Chief Policy Officer of the CIty of Syracuse.

But culling alone won’t fix the problem. About 50 percent of adult ticks in the Syracuse and DeWitt areas are positive for Lyme disease. 

Kristina Ferrare is taking action against ticks. Though they won’t ever fully go away, tick education on how to avoid and deal with bites is a big part of what Syracuse is trying spread with its plan. 

“People need to integrate a tick check every single day into their daily habits and when I say that at public meetings, people laugh, however, if you get into the habit of doing that every day, you have a much better chance of intercepting a biting tick,” Ferrare said.

The plan is not final and must go before the county before becoming official. No matter what the final draft says, this deer problem is not a quick fix.  Experts say Syracuse is about eight years away from having the deer population under control. 

if implemented, USDA sharpshooters would be hired. Police will be aware of everything that’s happening, but for safety reasons, the public would not be told exact sites.

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