Hunters to cull deer herd at northern NJ parks

The News Leader

November 16, 2010 2:54:59 PM PST
Officials in northern New Jersey's Essex County say they've authorized another controlled hunt to reduce the deer population at three county-owned recreation areas.

County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said Monday that the hunts will take place in January and February at South Mountain Reservation, Eagle Rock Reservation and Hilltop Reservation.

Three previous hunts have removed 750 deer from the reservations.

Officials say the deer herd needs to be culled to prevent destruction of forest vegetation and to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by deer.

Volunteer marksmen licensed by the state will conduct the hunt.

The deer meat will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

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