FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. >> A central New York village has agreed to hire federal sharpshooters to cull its deer population.
The Onondaga County village of Fayetteville voted Monday night to hire professional sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and not use volunteer archers as originally planned.
The village near Syracuse wants to manage the deer population in hopes of decreasing cases of Lyme disease, among other things.
Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson says the sharpshooters are expected to use suppressed rifles, which are generally prohibited for hunting under state law.
The village is expected to talk with an aviation company on Wednesday to choose a flyover date to count the deer. The mayor says that the agency will let the village know when it can start once that happens.
Sharpshooters will cover four sites over a couple weeks.