The feds are bringing sharpshooters with night-vision goggles and silenced rifles to eastern Long Island this winter on a 40-day mission. Their target? Deer.

This "cull" of up to 3,000 animals โ€” mostly does โ€” is intended to reduce the deer population by about 10 percent, Newsday reports. (ETA: Story was put behind a firewall after this posted.) One man's Bambi is another man's pest, it seems, and the locals โ€” who blame the animals for car wrecks, the spread of Lyme disease and the destruction of crops, forests and home gardens โ€” seem largely on board with the Department of Agriculture plan.

First Carrie Underwood, now this.