SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – The deer population is growing, and with that, so are the issues that come along with deer. Things such as being the center for distractions on the road leading to vehicle accidents, property damage, and the carrying of ticks.
All of which have caused Syracuse Common Council to band together with the United States Department of Agriculture to start a culling. A culling of deer would eliminate part of the overpopulation, while ultimately cutting down on the amount of ticks transported around, causing one of the most relevant diseases today:
It’s something that has affected countless numbers of people and that’s what makes this approval so necessary and important, according to Commissioner of Department of Parks and Recreation, Julie LaFave.
“It’s a full spectrum of topics that we’re trying to help with,” said LaFave. “It’s not just a culling plan. We need to educate the public on tick and Lyme Disease safety and how to avoid it.”
LaFave mentioned how close the Department of Parks and Rec is working with the USDA to make this a closed deal, where sharpshooters would be sent in to take out part of the deer in the city of Syracuse. There is no certain number on how many deer will be culled, or what specific locations they will be at. But LaFave is sure it’ll be a slow, yet effective process.
“Once the deer get into the city, it’s a huge problem,” she added. “So that’s what we are trying to avoid. I can’t say that a huge number of deer will be gone at the end of one year because that’s just not how it will be. It’ll be a slow process.”
And as for slow processes go, it’s been a long road to recovery for one local woman. Yet her eagerness to help may have sped up the process.
Kathleen Wallace. A salon owner from Baldwinsville, contracted Lyme Disease and 2008 and has been dealing with countless issues ever since.
And it’s why she’s all for this deer culling process.
“This is very beneficial. Especially in this area. People don’t believe that we have ticks in Upstate New York,” Wallace said. “They’re here. And they’re here to stay. SO you really have to start doing something before it gets worse.”
This disease hits home for Wallace. Not only because she was affected by it personally, but because she started a group; one that bands together to be educated and fight against Lyme Disease.
Just after suffering from the disease for a while, Wallace founded the Upstate New York Lyme Disease Association and she hasn’t looked back from there. From having to take over 50 pills a day, to losing her previous business, Wallace has carried on and basically began a new life.
But a life where she still is an advocate to see Lyme Disease go away.
“I can tell you, in the past decade, every single day I get a phone call with either someone that found a tick on them or their child or they’ve been diagnosed,” Wallace said. “’What do we do? Where do we go?’”