Tell Joe DiVincenzo:  Continue Deer Culling in Essex County Reservations
  • Petitioned Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.

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Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.

Tell Joe DiVincenzo: Continue Deer Culling in Essex County Reservations

    1. Petition by

      South Mountain Conservancy

As a concerned citizen of Essex County, I support deer culling in our reservations and urge that it be continued.  I am disturbed that the County is now considering stopping its deer management program in the South Mountain, Eagle Rock, and Hilltop Reservations.

Several years of controlled hunts in our reservations have reduced the overall number of deer, but it is not enough -- our natural parks are still being over-browsed and we cannot stop reducing the herd for even one year.  Continued deer culling is urgently needed to not only save the forest, but reduce proliferation of Lyme disease, collisions with cars, erosion due to lack of vegetation, and stress on remaining deer.

I agree with wildlife biologists, deer management experts and forest ecologists on the need to bring deer densities down below 10 per square mile in order to allow our forests to regenerate and restore their ecological balance.  Current deer populations still average more than 4 times that number.  Without additional culling the forest understory will continue to be stripped, and we will lose not only the forest but more of the many birds, insects and other animals who depend on a healthy and diverse ecosystem.

Too often, County officials hear only the strident minority opposing any feasible method to manage the deer population.  I am a member of the usually less vocal majority who cherishes our reservations and believes controlled hunts are critical if our forests and ecosystems are to regenerate and thrive for the enjoyment of future generations.

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    • jean public NOT AVAILABLE, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      I WOULD NEVER SIGN BECAUSE IT IS A CROK OF YOU IKNOW WHAT. THIS GROUP SPRAYED ROUDNUP ALL OVER THIS MOUNTAIN. I HEARD THEY SAY THEY WERE DOING IT. THE ROUNDUP BRINGS ON DISEASE AND KILLS VEGETATION. MIT SAYS SO.

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    • Daniel Gibbons MAPLEWOOD, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      I've lived in Essex County for most of my 60 years. I remember when South Mountain reservation was a beautiful place for hiking and relaxation and the deer were penned in. Now the forest is over-browsed and it looks awful. We have to protect the park from the raveges of an exploded deer population.

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    • Joan Lepselter SUMMIT, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Saving the forest of course.

      I would ask only that the hunters be skillful enough not to maim.

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    • gail waimon SHORT HILLS, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      balance in nature

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    • Sascha Marbury MAPLEWOOD, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      if the forest dies, the developers will come! please don't let that happen!

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