What happens when cities refuse to manage deer herds effectively?

Case 1. Staten Island, New York City

Deer swim across the Arthur Kill channel from New Jersey, start to reproduce, begin to be noticed.
In 2008 the deer population of Staten Island was estimated at just 24. Now it’s soared to around 2,000, according to the NYC Parks Department. Oct 12, 2018
Traffic accidents, vegetation destruction, black-legged (“deer”) ticks, and previously-absent Lyme disease follow.

The NYC government, with Mayor de Blasio known to be beholden to animal rights groups, refuses to use lethal methods recommended by wildlife experts. NYC spends millions of dollars on a highly questionable buck vasectomy program which at best would reduce the deer population slowly over time and seems to be failing to do so. Yes, White Buffalo (who else would dare to approach the tender parts of antler-bearing bucks?) is the contractor.

Borough President of Staten Island James Oddo – Thoughts on Lyme Disease and Ticks August, 2018

Lyme disease surge: Why our deer problem really matters (local commentary from Staten Island) April, 2018

The birds and the bees are bucking NYC’s deer-control program New York Post April 3, 2018

Rising deer population colliding with Staten Island Drivers Oct 10 2018

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