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Over the past 20 years, an overabundant white-tailed deer population has negatively impacted the Town and its residents. Prompted by increased reports of Lyme disease with residents and pets, negative impacts to natural plant communities, frequent deer-vehicle collisions and additional property damage, Village of Fayetteville Mayor Olson initiated the formation of a Deer Committee to facilitate the planning process for a Deer Management Plan in early 2015.
The Village of Fayetteville Deer Management Plan, revised October 2019, calls for reducing the density of deer which will reduce the impact to health and safety within the village and town. A deer population density of 8 or fewer per square mile is needed to significantly reduce tick density. The Deer Committee anticipates that the process of managing the deer population will be a long-term project.
Proactive safety measures will be in place to protect the community. Highly trained marksmen from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working under the direction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, under agreement with the Village and in coordination with local law enforcement, will conduct reduction actions at night when village-owned property is normally closed.