New Jersey Deer News

DEP warns of possibility of rare deer disease August 28, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald 
... be aware of any white-tailed deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, and to report any suspected instances since outbreaks typically begin in August... igns of the disease this time of year are difficulty standing, drooling, foaming from the mouth or a carcass with no apparent wounds near water...

North Jersey
... Officials are considering revisions to an ordinance that currently outlaws hunting in the borough ... A few officials said last week there's little hard data on the local deer count. Environmental Commission member Jerry DeCrosta said he received little support for his idea of an aerial survey to more accurately gauge the population...

... 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,"  [see non-lethal control methods] ... Schulstad said ... in Saddle River, he knows of several instances of illegal hunting that led only to the wounding of deer...

Last May, SHARK discovered that a deer in Marlboro, NJ, had been shot in the face by a bowhunter, and that she had been living with the arrow impaled in her face since last November. Our investigator found the deer, who we named Grace, filmed her, and we took her plight to the media in order to get her help. This video updates her situation - including that she has given birth - and how we hope she will soon receive the medical care she needs. Please contact the Director of NJ Fish and Wildlife and ask that they follow through and save Grace. David Chanda, Director 609-292-2965 dave.chanda@dep.state.nj.us - August 17, 2015



... While a representative from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) said hunting programs are the most effective way to control the overpopulation of deer, the Hillsdale Environmental Commission does not support it, citing safety reasons and fear of a "bounce-back" effect in the animal population...

Oh, deer: Butcher who sold illegal meat has to pay $2,600 July 15, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Online 
...  it's illegal to sell the meat or parts of native wildlife in New Jersey — except "common furbearers that were legally harvested and certain specific portions of the white-tailed deer as long as it was taken and possessed legally.  Schamble pleaded guilty in May to sale of wildlife ...

Animal Control weighs in on deer management in Saddle River June 22, 2015 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Carol Tyler of TYCO Animal Control said ...  neutering deer would be difficult and very costly, and oral contraceptives wear off after just a couple of months [2 to 7 years depending on the contraceptive] ... 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... [Kill them for their own good] ...

... Utilizing ropes and snares, the firefighters and the animal control officers were able to free the deer from the well approximately 45 minutes after the original call... 

Bernardsville, Liability concerns over Bernardsville deer hunt promotion June 5, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... potential liability issues were raised by Borough Attorney John Pidgeon and Police Chief Kevin Valentine... The Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club has for years hunted deer in nearby towns ... The Green Team has been developing a deer management plan since 2010 , according to Ed English ...  numbers show ... cases of Lyme disease have been reduced. [deer density is not generally correlated with Lyme disease, this assertion is not supported by the data, see Deer and Lyme Disease]

Damage by deer something to minimize May 24, 2015 New Jersey, The Columbus Dispatch 
... Plant flowers, trees and shrubs that are deer-resistant. No plant is deer-proof, but landscape and nursery experts have helped rank plants — based on damage severity — for the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station...

Hopatcong police pluck deer from fence May 22, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... It's not known how long the deer was caught in the fence but he had worn away all the fur on the back of his leg ... You can watch the video here.  Image from Hopatcong police Facebook page

Misunderstanding about Deer May 14, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey
...  the truth is that white-tailed deer is a keystone herbivore that has, very successfully, co-evolved with forests for 3.4-3.9 million years. Deer are an important factor in creating, and sustaining, natural diversity, including through seed dispersal...

Lorrimer Sanctuary seeks deer fence exemption May 14, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey
... asked the Borough Council to consider amending the borough’s fence ordinance to provide an exception for the Lorrimer Sanctuary, a 14-acre nature site in the borough, to permit the installation of a deer fence on its property.  A deer fence is usually made of flexible black plastic ...

... sold $300 worth of deer charcuterie — bologna, pepperoni, salami, sausage, kielbasa and hotdogs — out of his freezer to an undercover Fish and Wildlife officer on Jan. 31 ...

... Talk of a coyote attack on a deer in Scotch Plains ignited on social media ... a resident of Michael Lane called the department Tuesday to report an injured deer, then followed up with a call on Wednesday to say that the deer’s attacker had returned ...

... Animal rights activists say they're ready to take matters into their own hands after New Jersey Fish and Wildlife officers failed for six months to tranquilize a deer that has an arrow lodged just above its nose...

Give the council some credit (on fencing) April 29, 2015 New Jersey, South Jersey Local News
... Deer fencing makes a lot of sense to me. I have seen them and they are NOT obtrusive as some would have you believe...

Bedminster deer hunt plan questioned by hockey legend April 24, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... Scott Stevens, a retired Hall of Fame defenseman who is currently co-coach of the New Jersey Devils, told the committee he hoped the program would not put professional hunters on a municipally owned tract across the street from his home west of Route 206...

Doe with Arrow Through Face Spotted in Manalapan April 14, 2015 New Jersey, newjerseynewsroom.com
... Pete Cintula of Manalapan, Monmouth Heights took a photo of the deer he saw walking near Robertsville Road in Manalapan Township...

Medford ammends deer-fencing ordinance April 12, 2015 New Jersey, Burlington County Times
... Council gave final approval Tuesday night to an amendment to an ordinance that would essentially allow for the placement of 6-foot high, deer-mesh fencing in front yards ...

...  a Ramapo College staff member “reported observing members of the Ramapo College Baseball team (identified by the shirts they were wearing) leave the Bradley Center facility and six of them began to chase a deer that was in the grassy knoll adjacent to the center” while ”at least one student wielded a large stick above his head.” ...

New Jersey deer population becoming more active March 30, 2015 New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
... “It was a tough winter,” he said. “If you’re seeing them, they were there before, but they are now more evident as they’re searching for food

Public can comment on proposed changes to Game Code March 19, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald
... The public comment period is now open for amendments proposed by the New Jersey Fish & Game Council to the 2015-2016 Game Code.  The 60-day comment period, which closes on May 15 ... Written comments on the amendments can be made online ...

Rahway firefighters rescue deer from water tank March 12, 2015 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com
... spotted a deer treading water in one of the 80-foot-diameter tanks... firefighters were able to get a harness and rope around the deer and lift it out of the tank...

Essex County Conducts Annual Deer Cull March 10, 2015 New Jersey, Patch.com
...  marksmen removed 70 deer from Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation during the 2015 Essex County Deer Management Program.  According to county officials, over 1,700 deer, including 640 “unborn deer” have been culled since 2008 as part of the program....

Red Bank: Deer Rescued Saved - Again March 3, 2015 New Jersey, Redbankgreen 
... one deer drowned, the surviving doe traveled the length of a channel the pair had made in the ice, heading toward a rescue boat, desperate to be saved... At the animal hospital, after volunteers balked at the idea of the deer being euthanized ... the volunteer relocated the deer to a safer spot and again swaddled her in blankets... [rescue video below]

One deer rescued from the Navesink River in Red Bank, NJ, after she and another fell through ice. - February 28, 2015



Medford council addresses deer fencing issue February 27, 2015 New Jersey, South Jersey Local News
... Eight foot high deer fencing will be allowed in rear and side yards, up to the front of the house. Beenstock says the community is OK with this and it is not a significant change over the current ordinance that allows 6 foot high, solid fencing of any material.  Six foot high deer fencing will be allowed in front yards ...

Princeton, Animal control officer suspended February 25, 2015 New Jersey, Central Jersey
... Princeton officials on Monday dismissed summonses against a local man charged with feeding deer to disrupt the annual deer cull and then abruptly suspended municipal animal control officer ...

Preliminary 2015 deer harvest statistics February 14, 2015 New Jersey, Daily Record
... preliminary deer statistics as of Feb. 1. The total harvest was 50,391, was 55 more than in a comparable period in 2014...

... A coalition of New Jersey environmental groups has asked state Senate and Assembly leaders to stop a proposal to allow hunting with firearms on Sundays. They argue Sunday is the only day New Jersey residents and others can enjoy public lands without the sound of gunshots or fear of getting hit...

Deer farm legislation ... February 3, 2015 New Jersey, Penn Live 
... New Jersey legislators squabbled a bit over a proposed licensing program for deer farms that would move authority over the farms from the state wildlife agency to the state department of agriculture, a move pushed in states across the country by deer farm interests...

Deer debate: N.J. lawmakers argue over hunting farms February 1, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... legislation (A2903) ... The bill would put authority over cervid livestock under the state Department of Agriculture, taking it away from the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife ... Support for the bill tanked, forcing Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) to drop it from the agenda...

A sad story January 30, 2015 New Jersey, NJ.com
...  disappointed ... about the state taking away three deer that were being cared for by Brenda Oakes on her Kingwood Township property. She should be considered a person who cares for animals, not someone who abuses them. Police officers, animal control officers and others brought fawns and other animals to her, so they certainly knew she was doing this...

Princeton, Deer Management Program January 25, 2015 New Jersey, Princeton Municipal Government
     PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Community Based Deer Management Permit No. #106 issued on January 13, 2015, Princeton’s agent, White Buffalo, Inc., will conduct lethal deer removal and deer management activities in Princeton on private properties and on one or more of the following public properties starting on or about January 30, 2015 and ending on or before March 31, 2015 ...

Hunters bag 40 antlerless deer in Montco park hunt January 15, 2015 New Jersey, The Intelligencer
... Shotgun hunters bagged 40 antlerless deer during Wednesday’s one-day controlled hunt in Montgomery County’s Norristown Farm Park, a 700-acre park that straddles Norristown, East Norriton and West Norriton...

Pro-hunting special interests January 13, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... Time has not diminished public opposition to the yearly, freeholder-approved, three-day white-tailed deer killing event staged at the county’s heron Glen golf course ... What is taking place at Heron Glen is not even hunting and participant needs can and must be satisfied in other ways ...

Senate committee releases controversial hunting bills January 12, 2015 New Jersey, PolitickerNJ
... One of the Senate bills (S1683) released authorizes Sunday bow hunting on federal military installations... The other controversial bill involving hunting that was released (S699) authorizes the hunting of game animals every day of the week during hunting season, including Sunday...

Saddle River mayor appoints wildlife committee members January 10, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... Saddle River Mayor Sam Raia ... said he appointed a "balance" of people - some who have expressed interest in reducing the deer population, and some that "have expressed less of a desire to kill these animals." ... 

Data: In 2014 roughly 106,000 deer in the state, according to DEP estimates, down from about 200,000 in the 1990's as a result of state policies to reduce the population.  About 50,000 are killed in hunts each year (hunting data), about 25,000 killed by cars.  The population trend is stable, but slightly down from the high in the 1990's.  The last official estimate was for 106,000 deer in 2011.  About 62 percent of the 51,596 deer hunted in 2013 were antlerless.
     In the late 1800's, deer had been virtually exterminated from the state as a result of unregulated hunting.  

Report Sick Deer:  Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics, 908-236-2118
Other useful links:
New Jersey Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife  - White-tailed Deer in NJ, NJDEP
-Information about the Automated Harvest Report System to report their deer.  The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife instituted the AHRS to replace the mandatory deer check station.

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