- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is acknowledging the growing deer population on Staten Island by installing deer-crossing signs at 21 locations around the borough.

The city Department of Transportation announced the deer signage on Friday.

An aerial survey found 763 deer on Staten Island last year. In 2008, the borough’s deer population was estimated at 24.

Borough President James Oddo says the deer are causing problems including an increase in tick-borne illnesses and ecological damage to wooded areas.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the road signs are the latest step in the city’s efforts to address the deer problem.

He says the city is awaiting an assessment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will include options for managing the deer population.

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