Parks and Recreation To Survey Bronx Deer Population In Van Cortlandt & Pelham Bay Parks As Well As Riverdale

The deer found its way into the upper Manhattan housing project, to the surprise of residents. (March 2012)

New York City Parks and Recreation began surveying the deer population of the Bronx yesterday and will continue to due so on a daily basis for week until this Saturday March 1st.

A single engine plane will be flying at approximately 1,000 feet over the Riverdale area of the Bronx as well as Pelham Bay and Van Cortlandt Parks between 6pm and 1am will be using infrared cameras to conduct the survey.

Deers aren’t strangers to the Bronx as you may remember one traipsed through the streets of our borough and ended up at Marble Hill Housing Projects on West 225th Street and Broadway a few years ago.

As the deer population has grown in Westchester County, along with human population and encroachment on their habitations, they have begun to seek out other areas to forage.

So if you hear a plane flying low going back and forth, don’t panic, the city is just checking in on our big old four legged woodland friends.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.