Advisory Group to Present Draft Tick and Deer Management Plan

Group will hold public meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at Nottingham High School

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Syracuse Tick and Deer Management Advisory Group will present a draft management plan for public input to city residents on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Nottingham High School Auditorium.

Mayor Walsh appointed a Syracuse Tick and Deer Management Advisory Group in April and charged the group with recommending a management plan for the City on or about June 1. During April and May, the group met eight times to confer with experts in wildlife biology and environmental management; to learn from municipalities that have implemented tick and deer management plans; and to study the reports of academics and governmental agencies. Additionally, subgroups met to explore suggestions and develop information for consideration by the Advisory Group.

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The draft management plan addresses both the growing tick and deer populations within the city, considers various methods for controlling and reducing those populations, and suggests management activities in order to successfully lower human-tick and human-deer interactions in neighborhoods, parks, and other areas.

City residents serving on the Advisory Group will present the plan, and residents will have the opportunity to provide input.

The plan presentation at Nottingham is the second community outreach meeting of the Tick and Deer Advisory Group. The Group is hosting a public information session on Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Corcoran High School.

During the Corcoran meeting, representatives from the medical and research communities will discuss the challenges and opportunities the growing deer population in our neighborhoods presents. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will present strategies to lessen the probability of human-tick interactions and tick bites.

The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to learn about the issue, have questions answered, and provide feedback on the management plan.