New Jersey

Deer cull results in large numbers, Montclair Local, March 27, 2019This year’s Essex County deer culling program resulted in high numbers with 99 identified at Hilltop Reservation and 101 at South Mountain Reservation. A total of 100 unborn deer were also removed, according to the county’s report. In addition to culling the deer herd, an aggressive replanting program to accelerate the regrowth of the forests is being undertaken in the reservations. Forty-seven enclosures (42 in South Mountain and five in Eagle Rock) have been installed where native vegetation species have been planted so their seeds can be reintroduced into the area. Eight-foot high fences have been installed and are designed to prevent deer from foraging on the planted areas.

Saddle River’s first bowhunting season ends with 135 deer culled,, Feb 27, 2019The borough’s first contracted deer hunting season with United Bowhunters came to a close Feb. 16. The hunt culled 135 deer.

Oh Deer! NJ Seeks Ways to Rein in Surging Deer Population,, Feb 19, 2019Suydam said the problems deer pose to New Jerseyans go beyond putting a crimp in farmers’ profits, and eating individual homeowners’ gardens. Deer also carry ticks, which spread Lyme disease. And conservation groups say they’re eating away the forest understory, which threatens to destroy the habitat of other wildlife. Kelly Mooij with the New Jersey Audubon Society called the shrinking understory a “significant ecological concern.” Many homeowners are seeking permission to bring in a fencing supply in order to attempt to deter these creatures.

After Rise In Lyme Disease Cases, New Jersey Aims To Curb Deer Tick Population, NY CBS Local, Sept 25, 2018“Experts say spraying is actually not the best way to control the tick population. The focus should be on reducing the populations of animals who host them like rodents and deer.”

Deer cost local farmers dear-ly, Ocean, Aug 3, 2018A sight of these beautiful creatures is always exciting to catch. That being said, in recent years, the number of deer, and lack of hunters, has caused an amazing amount of loss to farmers due to crop damage. One Bishopville farmer was forced to replant his fields multiple times due to the herds of 10-25 deer that gather to forage on the tender crops. This loss not only affects the farmers, but the cost of producing the food, therefore increasing the overall cost of the product. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, deer cause $7-8 million dollars in crop damage each year, which is not uncommon in many states.

Saddle River passes deer culling ordinance,, July 27, 2018Borough council approved a wildlife management plan Thursday aimed at reducing its burgeoning deer population through “culling” during hunting season from September to February.

Oh, deer! – Geese numbers down, deer on the rise, Montclair Local, June 21, 2018Deer have completely destroyed what was once a huge selling point for our home, a beautifully-maintained front-yard flower garden. Every year it has gotten worse. I now see herds of deer every day, and I am nowhere near the reserve,” the resident wrote in a letter to Mayor Jackson and the Community Services Department.
In January, Essex County conducted 11 days of deer hunting, or culling, killing 139 deer and 73 unborn deer, according to the office of Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

State rejects Saddle River’s plan to sterilize deer,, May 12, 2018SADDLE RIVER – The state Department of Environmental Protection has rejected the borough’s non-lethal deer management plan, which would have required capturing and spaying does to limit populations. The decision leaves the town “no choice but to pursue an alternative method for controlling the deer population,” Mayor Al Kurpis said. The Community Based Deer Management permit application to capture then sterilize female deer was formerly rejected May 3 by the Division of Fish and Wildlife “based on the low likelihood of success” and the “inability to bring relief to the residents of Saddle River.”

Activists protest hunt to cull what others consider a suburban nuisance – deer,, Feb 10, 2018The issue has become a heated one in many of North Jersey’s suburban communities. Drivers frequently crash into deer on the roads and nature preserve managers bemoan the devastation of their forest understory by deer that eat the vegetation bare, including at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, Greenbrook Sanctuary in Tenafly and Garret Mountain in Woodland Park.

Rt. 29 crash with deer leaves 3 cars smashed, driver badly hurt, NJ1015, Dec 4, 2017Ewing Police said a car struck a deer on the northbound side of Country Lane around 5:50 a.m., blowing out a tire and causing the driver to lose control. The car drifted onto the southbound side and hit two other vehicles, including one that it struck head-on, police said. The driver of the first vehicle was injured in the head, ribs and shoulders and was found outside of his vehicle, police said. Arriving fire and rescue crews were not clear if he was thrown or crawled out of the vehicle and hospitalized.

Fatal crash a reminder of fall deer driving hazard: What you need to know,, Nov 30, 2017Mark Rodgers, 63, was driving in Franklin Township, Somerset County at 5:37 p.m. Friday when his car struck a deer in the roadway. The deer was propelled through the windshield, striking Rogers and inflicting injuries leading to his death, four days later.

Somerset County, N.J. Residents On Edge After Man Is Horrifically Injured In Crash With Deer, CBS, Nov 27, 2017On Friday, a massive Buick slammed into Mark Rodgers’ car. Police said it shattered the windshield of his Hyundai Elantra. “The vehicle had struck a large deer – approximately 212 pounds. The deer came through the windshield and struck the driver, Mr. Rodgers, and ended up in the back seat of the car,” said Franklin police Lt. Philip Rizzo. Rizzo said pictures of the accident are so gruesome that the department will not release them.

Hopewell Valley officials look for ways to deal with growing deer population, Community News, Oct 31, 2017When Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space’s stewardship director, Michael Van Clef, conducted a study on automobile accidents involving deer in the area, he found at least one person in half of Hopewell Valley’s households has hit a deer. In addition to driving danger, deer are disrupting the ecosystem, wreaking havoc on local farms, and housing more ticks to spread lyme disease.

Hunt To Keep Deer Population Under Control In Mercer County This Winter, Patch, Oct 9, 2017The Mercer County Park Commission will hold allow deer hunting to keep the overabundant deer population under control at Baldpate Mountain this winter, county officials announced. The Deer Management Program, to be held on select days from Dec. 4, 2017, through Feb. 10, 2018, is open only to those who have applied and been accepted to the program.

Controlled deer hunt recommended in Saddle River,, Sept 18, 2017 The borough’s Environmental Commission has recommended that officials pursue a controlled hunt to reduce the town’s deer population, abandoning a non-lethal deer management plan that has been debated for months, but would not produce the immediate results.

24 Deer-Resistant Plants, HGTV, 2017Editor’s note: Keep in mind that these are deer-resistant, and not deer-proof plants. Depending upon deers’ hunger and determination, it’s hard to guarantee any plant will keep deer from munching.

Saddle River committee proposes capturing, spaying deer, North, June 21, 2017A committee charged with creating a non-lethal plan to control the town’s deer population has submitted a proposal that its chairman says would result in the sterilization of 95 percent of the town’s female deer within a year. Cerf believes the borough would be able to raise money for a non-lethal program through private donations, along with support from animal rights organizations that have offered funding. He estimates the proposal would cost about $200,000, or $1,000 per deer.

Letter: Local deer population is out of control, New, June 15, 2017Deer represent a health problem in our region. They carry ticks, and they also have caused automobile accidents. Essex County and Union County have addressed their deer problem, but the elected officials of Passaic and Bergen counties don’t seem to have the courage to address this issue that affects quality of life, and is also costly for homeowners who use fencing or chemical deterrents that don’t always work.

Deer Running Across the Road Causes 4 Cars to Crash, US News, June 5, 2017A deer darting across the Garden State Park way in New Jersey this weekend set in motion a series of crashes that hospitalized five people.

Sad ending for deer found roaming in Jersey City,, May 24, 2017A one-year-old male deer spotted strolling through the city’s McGinley Square neighborhood this morning was later caught and killed by state wildlife officials. Killing the deer was necessary because it could have carried a variant of mad cow disease [CWD] found in deer and elk called chronic wasting disease, according to New Jersey Department of Environmental spokeswoman Caryn Shinske.

Saddle River vet: Neutering deer will reduce population, North, April 18, 2017Sterilization could control the town’s deer population within a year, veterinarian Dean Cerf told the Borough Council. A two-pronged approach of neutering male and spaying female deer would be an effective way to reduce the animals’ presence in town. Around 210 deer are living in the borough, according to an aerial survey Cerf funded. They have been blamed for a rise in Lyme disease, deer-car accidents and damage to property and the environment. [No numbers given for how many of around 210 would be treated, or at what cost].

Deer-rescue response sinks in N.J. pond, USA Today, March 20, 2017A deer-rescue effort on a Roxbury pond took a dramatic turn Sunday morning as an amphibious vehicle holding five responders sank, casting its crew into freezing-cold water.

County Deer Management Program has begun , Union News Daily, Jan 12, 2017The hunts will take place each consecutive Monday until Feb. 9. In the case of bad weather, the hunt will take place on Friday. The aim is to reduce the deer population as well as protect native vegetation. “Forest ecologists recommend that white-tailed deer populations in Northeast hardwood forests should not exceed an overwintering density of 20 deer per square mile in order for deer browse to not impair forest health. In areas where the forest health is already compromised, deer density needs to be as low as 5 per square mile.

The deer hunters of Eastport- meet the tiny Maine island where animals are over-running the streets and being culled by BOW AND ARROW, Daily Mail, Dec 23, 2016On the tiny island community of Eastport, Maine, residents are using bows and arrows to cull female deer in the city over a two-week period. Eastport’s 1,300 inhabitants are shoe-horned into an area of just 3.6 square miles and live so close to one another that there is a total ban on discharging firearms. ‘It’s actually a very efficient and humane way of harvesting a deer,’ explains Fogg, who recorded the city’s first authorized kill at 7:44am on Tuesday on the grounds of his Eastport vacation home. Police officer Damon Dore, 23, was also among the 150 or so licensed archery hunters who entered a ‘lottery’ for 30 permits.

PRINCETON: Council hires hunters to thin the deer population,, Nov 22, 2016White Buffalo, a Connecticut-based deer management company, received a no-bid contract capped at $64,530 from the Princeton Council on Nov.14 to cull the herd from early February to the middle of March. The goal of the hunt is to kill 125 to 150 deer during that time, according to the municipality, so that the deer population comes down to 250 total, or 20 deer per square mile.

One of state’s richest towns voted to kill deer – and not killing deer, Nov 10, 2016Saddle River, where the average home is listed for just under $2 million, is home to corporate bosses, sports stars, musicians and actors. It’s also where too many four-legged, bushy tailed creatures live, officials have said. The Board of Health has deemed the increasing deer population a health risk.

North Jersey town wants to control deer, but won’t kill them, report says,, Nov 20, 2016In nearby Saddle River, town officials have long-debated how to best control its own deer population. For at least more than a year, officials discussed the options, from bow hunting to neutering. The town put a non-binding question on the ballot earlier this month to ask residents if they wanted the town to use only non-lethal methods or if the plan could include lethal methods.

Deer Hunt Planned On Fort Monmouth Grounds, Two River Times, Oct 25, 2016By mid-November, the New Jersey Chapter of Hunters Helping the Hungry, a nonprofit corporation, will take part in a controlled, precision adult deer hunt under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Fort Monmouth. It’s estimated well over 200 deer are roaming the 1,127-acre property, proliferating since thousands of military personnel and civilian employees left when the fort closed in 2005.

Fort Monmouth deer population to be culled, Oct 17, 2016Concerned about the potential for accidents, officials are preparing to cull the white-tail deer population on Fort Monmouth’s Main Post before the Avenue of Memories is opened to motorists this fall.

Councilman pushing for deer fence change, The Press Group, Sept 13,2016ENGLEWOOD – Second Ward Councilman Michael Cohen is vowing to press ahead with efforts to amend the borough’s fence ordinance allowing eight-foot “deer fences” for rear and side yards.

Hanover authorizes controlled deer hunt, Daily Record, Aug 22, 2016The Hanover Township Committee has authorized a controlled bow-and-arrow deer hunt beginning next month on township-owned property. “The (hunt) is being conducted to reduce health risks related to the transmission of Lyme disease from deer (ticks) to humans, limit damage to ornamental plantings within the community, reduce deer v. motor-vehicle collisions and restore native plant materials and habitat for other wildlife.”

Oh, deer! NJ ready for hunting season to keep numbers in check, NewJersey101.5, Aug 22, 2016The state’s latest deer population estimate, based on deer that were harvested during the regulated hunting season, put the number around 100,500. But that does not include fawn production over the past year, or deer that reside in non-hunting areas in the state.

Deer hunt under review in Peapack-Gladstone, Bernardsville News, June 16, 2016Borough Council members on Tuesday, June 14, discussed whether to continue the program as is, disband it, or keep it in some other form. The reason? The program, initiated in the fall of 2001, has significantly reduced the local herd.

This year the council budgeted $6,500 for its deer control program. John O’Neill, the borough’s former superintendent of public works who continues to manage the program, told Mayor William Muller and council members that more than 1,000 deer have been harvested by bow hunters since the program began.

Deer management program elicits mixed reviews, Union News Daily, May 3, 2016“Overpopulation of deer results in loss of biodiversity in our parks, destruction of residential landscaping, an increase in deer-related motor-vehicle accidents, and fear of being in your yard or the public outdoor spaces due to the possibility of Lyme disease,” he said.

Essex County Deer Cull Results For 2016: South Mountain, Hilltop Reservations, West Orange Patch, March 17, 2016In 2016, 3,803 pounds of venison were donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which provided about 15,200 meals, officials stated.

“We have been very successful in reducing the deer population in our reservations to a manageable level, which has enabled us to transition our program from aggressively removing deer to maintaining the population,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. stated.

“Since we started in 2008, we have removed over 1,000 deer from our reservations, started a program to accelerate the re-growth of our forests and introduced a pilot program to reduce traffic accidents involving deer,” DiVincenzo added. “The overabundance of deer affects all of our communities, and our program provides a comprehensive approach to address the problem.”

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF 2016 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, Jersey Tomato Press, March 17, 2016We have been very successful in reducing the deer population in our reservations to a manageable level, which has enabled us to transition our program from aggressively removing deer to maintaining the population. While we have made tremendous progress, it is important to continue this maintenance mode to preserve the forest habitat and maintain our reservations as viable resources for recreation and open space,” the Executive pointed out. “Since we started in 2008, we have removed over 1,000 deer from our reservations, started a program to accelerate the re-growth of our forests and introduced a pilot program to reduce traffic accidents involving deer. The overabundance of deer affects all of our communities, and our program provides a comprehensive approach to address the problem,” he said.

Non-lethal deer population control proposed in Saddle River,, March 7, 2016The Humane Society of the United States plans to explore launching a deer fertility control program in Saddle River, just as the borough considers allowing bow hunting deer, The Record reported. Saddle River published a deer management draft resolution in February. It would establish rules to allow hunters to use bow arrows or bolts to hunt deer. Under the proposed rules, hunters must be at least 21, residents of Saddle River or related to a resident of Saddle River, and must try to take at least five deer during the hunting season.
Englewood’s Flat Rock Brook Nature Center will use fence, not hunting, to control deer,, Jan 18, 2016Bow hunting will not be used to cull the deer population at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, which has lost nearly half of its young trees to the animals. Instead, Flat Rock plans to build an 11,000-foot-long fence that would enclose about 100 of the center’s 150 acres. The fence would be 8 feet high and likely made of aluminum wire, said Ryan Hasko, the center’s land manager.

Deer Cull Continues At South Mountain and Hilltop Reservations For 2016, Patch, Jan 13, 2016The deer culls are part of an ongoing initiative by the administration to preserve and restore the forest ecology in Essex County’s open spaces, county administrators stated.
“Since we started in 2008, we have removed 1,670 deer from our reservations, started a program to accelerate the re-growth of our forests and introduced a pilot program to reduce traffic accidents involving deer,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. stated in a release on Tuesday. “The over-abundance of deer affects all of our communities, and our program provides a comprehensive approach to address the problem.”

Deer blamed for Mt. Olive crash that left 3 hurt, Daily Record, Jan 4, 2016Three people were injured on New Year’s Day when the car they were riding in was struck by another car that was trying to avoid a deer, police said.

2016 Union County Deer Management Program,, Dec 28, 2015UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has released details of its annual Deer Management Program, which will begin on Monday morning, January 4 in six County parks and one municipal park. Browsing for food by large numbers of deer has caused a loss of forest understory in park areas throughout the northeastern United States. The overpopulation of deer threatens the survival of the plant and animal communities that are important to the ecology of these parks.

Deer pose danger for N.J. drivers, Sentinel, Dec 10, 2015The state estimates there are about 111,000 deer within its boundaries. However, there is a caveat. “The [estimation] is not an accurate number of how many deer are in New Jersey,” according to Dan Roberts, acting project leader for the whitetailed deer research project with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). “The number of deer could very well be doubled [in the state],” he said.

New Jersey drivers have a 1 in 234 chance of hitting a deer and ranks 34th across the country in collisions with deer, according the report. “The number of deer killed by motor vehicle strikes [in New Jersey] is estimated at 25,000 to 26,000, according to State Farm, but that number could double with our deer estimate of over 100,000,” he said.

Police conclude fatal accident caused by deer, News Transcript, Dec 3, 2015Following the impact with the deer, the vehicle left the road, crossed a Buckelew Avenue property, struck a tree and rolled over into a ditch, police said.

More towns allow deer hunting to thin the herd, New Jersey 101.5, Sept 23, 2015Interestingly, Roberts says while the DEP does not keep a master list of towns that allow deer hunting, a growing number of municipalities are allowing it to reduce their deer populations, even in residential areas if property owners give their permission.

“It is allowed but the safety zone for archery has been reduced over the years, down to 150 feet,” he says, “as long as there is nothing in a town to prevent access to hunting, hunters can hunt in neighborhood areas with permission of landowners.’

Saddle River to hear from state staff on lethal control of deer population, North, Aug 18, 2015Council has been considering the deer-control issue since last year, when Mayor Sam Raia created a wildlife management committee to come up with a plan. Tyco Animal Control senior officer Carole Tyler has said that Saddle River – which is five square miles in size – may be home to as many as 300 deer.

Staff members of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife Division have told Borough Council members that “non-lethal methods simply do not work and are cost-prohibitive,” Councilman Paul Schulstad said at a work session this week. “They make a very compelling case for why lethal methods are required – not an option, but required – to manage the area,” he said.

Animal Control weighs in on deer management in Saddle River,, June 22, 2015“Overpopulation and over breeding creates diseases in animals,” Tyler said, adding that deer ticks need a healthy host, and will “bail like rats on a ship” when the deer are sick or dying, which is why they’ve become such a problem for humans, causing Lyme and other diseases. “You want a healthy population of deer that’s sustainable without affecting the quality of life of the rest of the people that live here.”

The negative consequences of overpopulation pose several public health concerns, including deer-vehicle collisions – Tyler said often these accidents are severe enough that people are taken from the scene by ambulance – Lyme disease and attracting unwanted predators, such as coyotes – an issue that’s become evident after a couple of incidences in Saddle River. The deer are also destroying the natural landscape of forests, and residential plantings – they’ll eat almost anything, now Tyler said, including “deer-resistant” plants.

And while it’s easy to focus on the negatives that overpopulation pose for humans, it’s also bad for the deer. “It seems like it’s almost more cruel not to do anything [about the overpopulation],” Environmental Commission Chairman Bob Laviano said. “When you have animals getting hit by cars and impaled on fences, it’s more humane to control the population with hunting.”

Road Warrior: The fragile coexistence of the driver and the deer,, June 7, 2015 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s estimates suggest that deer are involved in the great majority of car crashes with animals that kill roughly 175 people in the United States each year. While the number of fatalities is relatively small, the number of deer-vehicle accidents is not. Here are the odds:
  –   One chance in 169 anywhere in the United States.
  –   One in 225 in New Jersey.
These calculations are based on a 2014 study of claims made to the State Farm Insurance Co. in 2013. The numbers could be much worse. New Jersey ranked 33rd. The odds for our neighbor Pennsylvania are 1 in 71. Deer crashes are most likely in West Virginia, where the odds are 1 in 39.

But here’s the rub: The odds get much worse during the October-December mating season. So why are we seeing so many dead deer on the road in spring when Trooper Raspa was killed on Route 195 and 40-year-old Timothy Myhre was killed this way on Highway 52 in Rochester, Minn., and motorcyclist Kevin Dornack, 57, was killed the same way on Route 51 in Beaver, Pa.?

“The herds keep growing,” explained Carol Tyler of Tyco Animal Control in Midland Park. “The time of year doesn’t matter so much anymore.”

Deer Management Program Begins,, Jan 5, 2015UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County’s state-regulated deer management program began on Monday in four County parks and one municipal park, including the Watchung Reservation and Ash Brook Reservation, which span through parts of Scotch Plains. According to the NJ Audobon Society, white-tailed deer can have significant negative effects on forest health, species composition, and economic development when the population is unbalanced. When managed properly, hunting is the most effective means of controlling white-tailed deer populations.

Annual Union County deer hunt will start in January; more than 200 to be removed,, Dec 22, 2014The annual deer population control effort has been conducted since 1995, using county-selected marksmen. The management program is regulated by the state. County officials said the “over population of deer” threatens the survival of plants and animals in the parks. A 2011 county analysis showed that roads bordering Lenape and Nomahegan parks had some of the highest incidences of deer being struck by cars of anywhere in Union County

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP: Deer population controls are discussed, Hopewell Valley News, Nov 26, 2014A nagging problem, Mr. Cane added, is the persistence of “pocket deer,” which live in or near residential yards and other areas where there isn’t enough room for safe hunting. One possible way to deal with this, he said, would be a “walk through,” in which lines of people carrying no firearms or bows walk in a given direction in an effort to drive these pocket deer into more open areas, where they can be hunted.

Oh, deer! Bill would allow hunters to sell meat,, Nov 12, 2014A New Jersey lawmaker wants the state’s ban on commercial deer hunting lifted. Hunters motivated more by profit than by sport would be relied on to reduce deer populations and could sell their keep to butchers, supermarkets and restaurants.

Englewood nature center weighs bow hunt, sterilization to stem overabundance of deer,, Sept 19, 29014If the deer population is not addressed, the forest will continue to disappear, he said, and eventually, deer will start dying of disease and starvation.

Surrounded by deer in New Jersey,, Nov 6, 2014Hunters kill an estimated 50,000 deer per year, with an additional 25,000 killed in car accidents.

New Colts Neck hunting rules bring fear to some,, Aug 16, 2014“The committee has been attempting for at least two years to address the deer problem, which has resulted in numerous motor vehicle accidents, cases of Lyme disease, ecologic and economic harm,” said Mayor Russell Macnow. “Doing nothing is not an option.

Deer population invading Rutherford, Lyndhurst,, June 6, 2014

As Essex County scales back deer hunt, conservationists grow vocal in defense of hunt,, Jan 19, 2014

Deer Management and Environmental Stewardship, South Mountain Conservancy, July 10, 2013Deer Culling in our Reservations: A First Step toward Environmental Stewardship

Wildlife Populations:White-tailed Deer, Environmental Trends Report, NJDEP, Updated 10/2011Estimates for populations in non-hunting areas are not available, and this lack of informa-
tion makes the population estimates conservative. Deer populations vary geographically in the state. If deer were evenly distributed throughout the state’s approximately 7,417 square miles, the 2010 population would average about 15 deer per square mile. However, urban areas typically have relatively few deer, and some suburban and rural areas with good deer habitat have more. For example, before recent culling efforts, Princeton Township had an estimated deer population of 114 per square mile, and nearby Hopewell Township estimated its deer population in 2010, prior to hunting season, as 54 per square mile.

N.J. approves deer contraceptive, but state officials say it’s too costly, impractical,,Oct12, 2011

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