By KEANU HAGHIGHI SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Syracuse Common Council has decided to take swift action against deer in the area as a result of the sharp increase of Lyme disease in the area.
A large reason for this jump is because of the overpopulation of deer, which carry invasive tick species with them. In April, Mayor Ben Walsh organized an advisory group to find solutions to control the deer population. On Tuesday, Kristina Ferrare, a member on the advisory group, revealed what the group’s preferred long-term solution was.
“The city of Syracuse is planning to hire USDA sharpshooters. They are a safe and very professional team that conducts deer management in the state of New York,” said Ferrare.
The plan is to bait and kill the deer in a feeding area to lower the deer population. This process is also known as culling. If the vote passes, culling will begin later this fall. No specific location has been determined, but local residents will be notified if they live near the culling area.
A vote on the plan may occur as early as next week.