EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — East Hampton Village will begin a non-lethal program in an effort to reduce its deer population on Friday.

Officials believe the surgical sterilization of female deer is the best solution to its population problem, calling it a good middle ground between killing the animals and doing nothing.

READ MORE: FBI Says Body Found In Grand Teton National Park Believed To Be Gabby Petito

A non-profit called White Buffalo will tranquillize the deer with dart guns and transport them to veterinarians to be sterilized. The procedure will cost $1,000 per deer.

“They have these biologists that will work at night,” East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “Once they’re sedated, they’ll take them to a location where, within a 10 to 20 minute surgery, veterinarians will remove their ovaries and they’ll be put back out into the local population.”

Officials have said the deer are significantly damaging vegetables and other crops and say the deer also are responsible for hundreds of annual car accidents and are carriers for ticks that spread Lyme disease.

READ MORE: Photo Gallery: 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Last year, both the town and village of East Hampton and other municipalities opted out of a plan that called for trained sharpshooters to kill deer across eastern Long Island, which would eliminate about 10 percent of the deer population.

The cull was dropped following protests and a court challenge by animal welfare advocates, hunters and others.

The village allocated $30,000 for the sterilization program and the East Hampton Preservation Group raised over $100,000 to support the program.

Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
[display-posts category=”news” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4″]

MORE NEWS: Gabby Petito Search: Timeline Of Road Trip With Fiancé Brian Laundrie, Notable Dates And Events

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)