DeWitt neighbors deal with ‘deer dilemma’: Your Stories

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There is a deer dilemma in DeWitt and neighbors are wondering when the number of deer will go down.

Karen Silvestri says up to six deer at a time come to her backyard and eat her trees and ferns. She has seen green branches turn bare and brown.

“They come several times a week,” Silvestri said. “Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t.”

Tired of watching green branches turn bare and brown, Karen called our Your Stories line.

According to the Town of DeWitt, is in the second season of its deer management program. The town says it is hard enough to safely cull deer in DeWitt’s dense neighborhoods and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations make it even more difficult.

Though an exact number has not been released, the town says more deer have been taken this year compared to 2018, but this problem is no quick fix.

“The one thing I think is really important is that we are not going to solve this issue after two seasons,” said Samuel Gordon, Director of Planning and Zoning for DeWitt. “It is something we have to do over a long period of time to have the effect the density of deer that we have in these locations. The densities have built up over decades. We have areas where you have 90 deer per square mile or more which is really high–like really really high. In a rural area you might see seven deer per square mile.”

So neighbors like Silvestri will have be patient as the program continues to improve.

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