By Carter Griffin, SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) – A local ranch will be processing deer meat as a part of the plan to combat the overpopulation of deer in the Syracuse area.
The Marsh Mill Ranch has agreed to process the deer meat at no cost to the city of Syracuse. After processing, the ranch will then give the venison to the Food Bank of Central New York. Ed Tanguay, the co-owner of the ranch, said they have been apart of giving meat to people in need for many years.
“In the last 16 years that I have been keeping track of, over 175,000 meals we have processed out of this business right here,” Tanguay said.
The Syracuse Common Council approved a plan to start culling deer, which starts in December. Tanguay is not sure of the amount of meat the ranch will process, but each dear goes a long way.
“Each deer will normally process anywhere between 30-45 pounds of meat,” Tanguay said.
Tanguay said that each pound of deer meat is equivalent to four meals.