FROM Kinship Circle
Tell New Jersey officials that killing deer is bad policy. With
so many non-lethal options, violence is never an acceptable
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr.
Office of the County Executive, Hall of Records, Room 405
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd / Newark, NJ, 07102
973-621-4400; fax: 973-621-6343
Daniel Bernier, Director, Union County Division Park Planning
Union County Administration Building
10 Elizabethtown Plaza / Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207
The County of Essex, New Jersey, Board of Chosen Freeholders
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 558
Hall of Records
Newark, New Jersey 07102
ph: 973-621-4486; fax: 973-621-5695
Freeholder President Blonnie R. Watson:
Freeholder Vice President Ralph Caputo:
Rufus I. Johnson, Freeholder-At-Large:
Patricia Sebold, Freeholder-At-Large:
Donald M. Payne, Jr., Freeholder-At-Large:
Samuel Gonzalez, Freeholder District 1:
D. Bilal Beasley, Freeholder District 2:
Carol Y. Clark, Freeholder District 3:
Linda Lordi Cavanaugh, Freeholder District 4:
Deborah Davis Ford, Clerk of the Board:
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Dear Mr. DiVincenzo, Essex County Board Members and
Essex County has once again resorted to killing deer in a
hunt from February 9 through February 25, 2010. This time,
contracted sharpshooters work in a kill zone that has expanded
to Eagle Rock and Hilltop Reservations. With so many non-lethal
options, violence is never an acceptable solution.
- For example, fertility control has produced
successful results with overhead comparable to hiring
sharpshooters. Some communities combine translocation
and immunocontraception to reduce birth rates in deer.
- Use of Strieter lights curtails deer-vehicle
collisions. Strieter representatives even meet with
community officials and lights are eligible for
reimbursement under the federal highway safety program.
- The 4-Poster Lyme treatment system can handle ticks
carrying Lyme disease. However, most studies show that
deer, live or dead, do not affect the incidence of Lyme
- Fencing systems and landscapes modified with native
repellent plants can diminish landing spots for deer and
subdue browsing on residential or commercial grounds.
Low-cost audio/visual scare devices used with repellents
and fencing, can also dissuade deer.
Studies show hunted deer populations can actually double or
birth rate. Survivors rebound due to an abundance of food and
space. With fewer territorial males, mating becomes the herd's
Researchers at the Watchung Reservation in Union County, NJ,
found 57% of killed pregnant deer had twins in their wombs after
two years of hunting. At three years, 60% had twins and 8% had
Please consider community planning with deer in mind. A blend
of nonviolent techniques, on a site-specific basis, can
effectively manage deer. There are always alternatives to
Thank you for everything you do for animals!