The village of Fayetteville, New York voted to hire U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters to cull the deer herd around the village.
The central N.Y. village of Fayetteville voted in favor of hiring federal sharpshooters to thin the deer herd in and around the upstate village.
Fayetteville is located in the central part of the state near the city of Syracuse. Among other factors cited by the village is the prospect of decreasing the cases of Lyme disease in the area.
One big change in the plan will see volunteer archers, who had agreed to the hunt, step aside in favor of the Department of Agriculture.
On an interesting note from the mayor of the village, Mark Olsen, the weapons of choice will be suppressed rifles, normally illegal to use in the state of New York.
The village government will discuss options with an aviation company to make plans to conduct a flyover. The flyover will be expected to make a reasonable head count on the deer in the area to assess the population.
According to the mayor, once the aerial study takes place, the Department of Agriculture will okay a date to begin the cull.
During the cull sharpshooters will cover approximately four sites over the course of two weeks.