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Common Council Proposes Potential Solution to Growing Deer Problem

The Central New York deer population has nearly tripled within the past 150 years, according to Common Council President Van Robinson. © 2014 AP Images

Listen here to hear Common Council President Van Robinson’s thoughts on the possible deer control amendment.

By Riley Henderson, Syracuse N.Y. (NCC News) — It turns out deer overpopulation isn’t just a problem strictly reserved for wooded suburbs.  The City of Syracuse is attempting to follow in the Town of DeWitt’s footsteps by implementing a deer control plan of its own.

“The deer have increased in population to twice perhaps even three times the size it was some years ago”, said Common Council President Van Robinson.

Robinson said that although you’ll mainly find deer in areas with a lot of grass and fewer people, there are so many deer in the Central New York area that they have spilt out from suburban areas and have migrated to cities as well.  To help manage this, the Common Council is expected to vote on a solution on Monday, November 6th.

During a Common Council study session on Wednesday, November 1st, council member Nader Maroun proposed a new policy that will help control the City of Syracuse’s deer population using similar methods to the Town of DeWitt’s recent plan.

“One of our neighbors did pass a law which enables them to cull deer by professionals, and that is basically what Councilman Nader is attempting to do,” added Robinson.

However, Robinson said that the plan must be proven effective in order to be passed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.  He said that some advantages of the plan include protecting against the spread of ticks and tick-born illnesses, as well as preventing car crashes caused by wildlife distractions.

When asked why the deer have migrated to the city, Robinson kept his answer short:

“They go where the food is.”