Cayuga Heights Considers Local Law to Allow Deer Hunting
The Village of Cayuga Heights is considering a local law that would allow residents to kill deer with a bow and arrows. The proposal comes as the Village continues to struggle to contain its deer population.
The Village Board of Trustees held a hearing on the proposed local law last night. According to Village Mayor Kate Supron, the law won’t allow open-season hunting in the village, it would allow residents kill nuisance deer with bow and arrow after obtaining a state D-E-C deer damage permit.
Village residents can’t currently fill deer nuisance permits because Cayuga Heights banned the discharge of bows and guns within village limits in 1999.
The law would require landowners obtain permission from all property owners within a 500 foot radius, 18 acres, of the shooting site.
If a deer is wounded and runs off the property, the permit holder would need permission before pursuing deer on someone else’ land. If they can’t get permission, the permit holder must notify the Village Police Department.
The village has spent over $184 thousand dollars to sterilize the majority of does living in the town