The Sika deer, an exotic member of the elk family from Japan and Asia, is on the loose in CNY. It is most likely an escaped exotic pet, and the DEC fears it could spread disease to the native white tailed deer population. At this point, the DEC would prefer it shot than risk the spread of illness. That means anybody with a hunting license can hunt it at any time, which is good news for all you game hunters out there!
You can identify the Sika deer by its dark brown/black coat and characteristic white spots well into adulthood that tend to come out more during the winter. They also have a white rump, which is very distinguishable and different from that of the white tailed deer. The DEC would request that once it's euthanized that they are allowed to take a tissue sample to test it for common diseases it may have spread during its free reign of the woods.
Have you seen the sika deer?? Call your local DEC office at:
Syracuse- Main Office- 315-426-7400
Cortland Sub-Office 607-753-3095
Sherburne Sub-Office 607-674-4017
Kirkwood Sub-Office 607-775-2545
OR visit the DEC Region 7 web page