Stop New Jersey Deer Hunt. Killing Is No Solution.


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Originally Posted: 9 February 2010

Stop New Jersey Deer Hunt. Killing Is No Solution.

FROM Kinship Circle

Tell New Jersey officials that killing deer is bad policy. With so many non-lethal options, violence is never an acceptable solution.


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
[email protected] 

Daniel Bernier, Director, Union County Division Park Planning & Maintenance
Union County Administration Building
10 Elizabethtown Plaza / Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207
ph: 908-789-3679
[email protected] 

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:
[email protected]
Freeholder Vice President Ralph Caputo:
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Rufus I. Johnson, Freeholder-At-Large:
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Patricia Sebold, Freeholder-At-Large:
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Donald M. Payne, Jr., Freeholder-At-Large:
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Samuel Gonzalez, Freeholder District 1:
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Carol Y. Clark, Freeholder District 3:
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Linda Lordi Cavanaugh, Freeholder District 4:
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Deborah Davis Ford, Clerk of the Board:
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS - Use your own words!

Dear Mr. DiVincenzo, Essex County Board Members and Officials:

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 ticks.
  • 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 triple their
birth rate. Survivors rebound due to an abundance of food and space. With fewer territorial males, mating becomes the herd's primary focus.
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 triplets.

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 killing.

Thank you...

Thank you for everything you do for animals!