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White-tailed deer

A buck is pictured in this stock photo. 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Sharpshooters will soon begin culling deer in Syracuse under a plan approved by city officials.

Under the plan, professionals trained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will start baiting traps for deer this week. Sharpshooters working at night will later shoot the deer feeding at the traps.

The deer carcasses will be removed before dawn and the meat will be donated to homeless shelters.

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The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the Syracuse Common Council authorized $55,000 for the program in October.

City officials aren't disclosing the culling sites, since they hope to avoid interference by opponents of the program. They say the culling sites are all at least 300 feet from a road and 500 feet from a residence.

The program will continue through March of 2020.

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