MIDDLETOWN - A Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife biologist will give a presentation on the deer population in urban and suburban areas like Middletown at a city-wide neighborhood watch meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Common Council Chambers.
Susan Booth-Binczik said Thursday that she focuses her work on deer populations in high-density areas. Within the last year, she has helped the city of Syracuse come up with a plan to handle its abundant deer population, and in recent years, she worked with officials on Long Island and in the Buffalo area.
“(Deer are) there because we unintentionally created an excellent deer habitat in our neighborhoods,” Booth-Binczik said.
Booth-Binczik said she plans to present information on why dense deer populations form in the area, as well as some options Middletown has if it wants to go forward with reducing the deer population, which include expanded hunting access in a way that is managed to residents’ comfort, or hiring someone to cull deer, which involves a special state permitting process.
“Reducing deer impact means reducing deer population. ... It’s up to the residents to decide if there is a problem,” Booth-Binczik said.
Statistics provided by the city’s police department showed there have been 42 deer versus motor vehicle collisions in the city since 2018, according to Common Council member Gerald Kleiner.
“Maybe the deer are just getting smarter, or maybe people are catching on,” Kleiner said Thursday.
Kleiner encouraged those who are interested in learning more about the deer in the city to attend the meeting. He said this will be the first meeting of this kind the city has had in five years.