Tonawanda News — While updated numbers were not immediately available, there were 77 accidents in 2003 involving deers and vehicles. After the deer reduction program was initiated, there were 17 accidents the following year, according to Zadzilka.
“The accidents were greatly reduced to nuisance calls,” Hall said. “When the program was set up it was never meant to go dormant. I think it was well received last time, it was well run and there weren’t any complaints.”
Zadzilka, who acts as a liaison between the council and city police, said the council had previously set a budget of $15,000 annually for the program, though costs never topped more than $6,500 to cover overtime, bullets and the purchase of an all-terrain vehicle.
Meat from any deer killed through the program will be donated to the Food Bank of Western New York, according to Mayor Rob Ortt, who said the practice is also often utilized by other municipalities in the region.
“This program is not only necessary to reduce the current deer population and protect our residents and their property, but to manage that population going forward,” he said. “We are simply restarting that program.”