Solebury is going to pay to have the Department of Agriculture thin out the deer herd. The main reason for the herd thinning appears to be the damage to crops.
However, deer are one of the key factors in the spread of deer ticks and Lyme Disease (and other tick born diseases). If you can reduce the deer population, you should be also reducing the prevelance of Lyme.
Solebury is far enough from Philadelphia that they probably won't have a large problem with people complaining about the hunt. It's about 45 minutes from the city and is more of a rural community.
We live much closer to the city but the deer herd is very large. Last evening we were eating dinner and a large deer wandered through the yard about 75 feet from us. We've fenced in the entire 2 1/2 acres in an attempt to keep the deer out and thereby reduce the ticks. There are a couple of places that need patching. I see up to 5 or 6 deer at a time just outside the fence. Keep in mind that we are only 10 minutes outside the city.
We need to control the herd in our township. The problem is that, the closer you are to the city, the less people understand the need for deer control. Meanwhile the Lyme Disease epidemic continues to rage.
"Solebury has inked a more than $250,000 contract to winnow its deer
population with sharpshooters.
The no-bid contract calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to kill whitetail deer, mostly at night, through the use of “suppressed rifles with high expansive ammunition, along with the aid of stands, vehicles, artificial light, night vision equipment and forward-looking infrared.”
The goal is to reduce crop and other property damage, as well as
the risk of disease from today's large deer population. "