Mayor Rejects Congressman’s Proposal To Allow Deer Hunting On SI

Rich Lamb
January 28, 2020 - 6:39 pm
Deer On Staten Island

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Congressman Max Rose on Tuesday criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deer vasectomy program and urged the administration to allow hunting on Staten Island to control the population.

The first-term Democrat, who served in Afghanistan, offered to take up arms to control the number of deer wondering around the borough.

However, Mayor de Blasio didn’t seem to be on board with allowing recreational hunting within the city boundaries.

“I'm not gonna be able to take him up on his offer, and I'll tell you: I've had this conversation with the NYPD and I would urge the congressman to talk to NYPD, they are very much opposed to hunting taking place in a borough with half a million people in close proximity to the wooded areas,” the mayor told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

The city has been performing vasectomies on the Island’s bucks since 2016. The de Blasio administration says the program has resulted in at least a 15% drop in the population.

The Parks Department believes at least 98% of the bucks are now sterilized and added fawn births have dropped by 76%.