New Jersey Deer News

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." ... 

Union County deer program to begin Jan. 5 December 31, 2014 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com
... The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has released details of its annual Deer Management Program, which will begin Jan. 5 in four county parks and one municipal park.... since 1995 ...

New Jersey zoo now a haven for mistreated animals December 28, 2014 NJ.com
... It began decades ago with a mistreated fawn and an injured raccoon... the Associated Humane Societies' Popcorn Park Zoo in the township's Forked River section in the township's (Lacey) Forked River section ... The zoo relies on donations and is open seven days a week ...

Union County Deer Management Program to start Jan. 5 December 23, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Three years ago, hunters harvested deer from Lenape Park for the first time.  And last year, the county began to administer deer management in Linden’s Hawk Rise Sanctuary as a shared service... Thirty-six marksmen have been chosen by the County from among experienced, licensed hunters ..

Police search for person involved in illegal hunting of deer in Trenton December 19, 2014 New Jersey, The News-Herald 
...  a whitetail deer dead along the fence near Edison property.  A closer inspection of the deer revealed it had an arrow wound.... 

Let non-lethal methods control deer population December 19, 2014 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record 
... Assembly Bill A3120, sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, would “require” the council to establish the summer killing of white-tailed deer/wildlife on private cultivated lands... Farmers already enjoy year-round depredation permits ... Stop the bill by notifying your own and significant other legislators, while always remaining vigilant...

Mercer County announces deer hunt at Mercer Meadows park December 17, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Mercer County Park Commission’s bow hunt, which extends through Feb. 21. The program was initiated in response to a forest health study that was conducted at the park four years ago...

Scouts will be able to clear trees, cull deer at Quail Hill December 10, 2014 New Jersey, News Transcript
...  The increase in the number of deer is due to the loss of habitat from residential and commercial development in the area, according to the resolution... , deer hunting will be permitted by an organized and insured association by the (Boy Scouts) ...

Deer feeding not allowed in Allendale November 28, 2014 New Jersey,  NorthJersey.com
... Council President and Mayor-elect Liz White said that the borough was also recently notified that there was an illegal deer feeding station just outside of the Celery Farm... the NorthWest Bergen Mayors Association recently met and discussed the issue, but there was no "overwhelming consensus" on what to do...

Hopewell Township: Deer population controls are discussed November 26, 2014 New Jersey, Packet Online
... On the issue of birth control of deer by shooting them with darts that sterilize them, Mr. Cane said: "The problem is you have to have them in a confined area."  [confined area not required, more informationHe said selected areas of state parks in the township might provide such a location... 

... Additional information, including the complete hunting schedule, can be found on the Morris County Park Commission’s website: www.morrisparks.net.

Commercial Deer Sales Bill November 22, 2014 New Jersey, WSAU News
... A bill was introduced this year that would allow the sale of deer meat. Some claim there are too many deer being hit by cars and this would help lower the heard... Why can't they just allow deer hunters two deer on each license instead of one? ...

NJ ban on commercial deer hunting likely to stay in place November 21, 2014 New Jersey, Newsworks.org
... the chairman of the Assembly's Agriculture and Natural Resources committee said no further action is planned on the measure due to a lack of support...

Watchung deer management program to start Dec. 1 November 21, 2014 New Jersey, My Central Jersey 
... from Dec. 1 to Feb. 14... controlled hunting with a firearm by Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen Inc. will occur between these dates as permitted by state regulations... on six tracts of municipal or private land in the borough...

Bernards, Deer hunt expansion sought in Bernards Township November 20, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... Nine municipally owned tracts in various neighborhoods could be added to the township’s annual deer hunt ... “The deer know where they’re safe and we can’t reach them, and this gives us an opportunity to get a little closer and do a better job,”..

... Now in its 15th year, ex-mayor Marchand’s vile 5-year plan to decimate Princeton’s deer will apparently go on ad infinitumand has already hosed the town’s taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars...

Don't lift ban on commercial deer hunting November 18, 2014 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press
... National agricultural and other interests seeking to monetize public wildlife are testing the waters in New Jersey. A bill by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, to lift New Jersey’s ban on market hunting is a radical proposition that takes a sledgehammer to U.S. conservation law...

... the agency knows whether "Buckley" the baby deer was relocated or killed after being relocated from a Sussex County home in 2012. But it has no plans  to share that information...
     State won't say if it killed 'Buckley,' the orphaned baby deer November 14, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... a court ruled that the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife didn't have to produce any records regarding the deer's fate...  "I would like to believe they at least made the effort to find an appropriate facility. If they did, they might be happy to release that." ...
     Did NJ kill 'Buckley' the baby deer? Activist fights to find out November 13, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com
... a woman in Sussex County found a newborn buck near where its mother had been killed by a vehicle... Wildlife officers followed up on an anonymous tip that the deer was being held captive, and took possession of it ... conservation officers told the woman that should Buckley be placed in a zoo, she would be able to visit him ...
     Judge rejects suit on behalf of deer rescuer November 13, 2014 New Jersey, KWWL 
... A Superior Court judge has dismissed an open-records lawsuit filed on behalf of a Frankford woman whose rescue of an orphaned fawn led to the woman's arrest and to the confiscation of the animal by state wildlife officials two years ago... the DEP and Division of Fish and Wildlife ... violating the Open Public Records Act by denying her repeated requests for records that would have indicated the final disposition of the animal, which the woman named Buckley...

Bill would allow N.J. hunters to sell deer meat November 11, 2014 New Jersey, USA Today 
... Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande ... wants the state's ban on commercial deer hunting lifted...  conservationists say pursuing commercial hunt legislation could become politically explosive ...

Princeton, Use humane way to thin Princeton deer herds November 5, 2014 New Jersey, The Times, Trenton - NJ.com
... Now in its 15th year, former Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand's vile five-year plan to decimate Princeton's deer will apparently go on ad infinitum and has already soaked the town's taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars...

Let non-lethal methods control deer population November 1, 2014 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com
... Assembly Bill A3120, sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, would “require” the council to establish the summer killing of white-tailed deer/wildlife on private cultivated lands... 

Montgomery County, Montco schedules one-day deer hunt at Norristown Farm Park October 31, 2014 New Jersey, theintell.com 
... A total of 28 hunters participated in the 2013 hunt, bagging 28 deer, including 13 antlerless bucks (young “button” bucks or mature bucks that had shed their antlers) and 15 doe... The hunts were initiated in January 2005 ... the current herd of 150 to 200 deer is still above what the land can support ... 

Deer trapped in swimming pool rescued by Far Hills first responders October 26, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
...   a six-point buck trapped in the water and "becoming exhausted" trying to escape the pool ... used the cover as a "makeshift net" to lift the deer out of the pool ...

Princeton: Annual deer hunt to start again October 15, 2014 New Jersey, Packet Online
... Representatives of White Buffalo, a deer management company, will begin the hunt starting either in January or February with the goal of killing between 200 and 250 deer ...

Drivers urged to be extra cautious during deer mating season October 15, 2014 New Jersey, Shore News Today 
... Triggered by shorter days and cooler weather, deer disperse and move around considerably as they search for mates. The danger is particularly high at dawn and dusk ... Motorists are encouraged to alert the Department of Transportation of dead deer they find along the state highway system and deer crossing locations. DOT has made it easy and convenient for residents to do so online at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm

... Symptoms in deer may include difficulty standing, drooling, and emitting foam from the mouth or nose. Because the disease causes fever, sick or dead deer are often seen in or near water... Deer that appear to exhibit any of the symptoms ... should be reported to the Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Wildlife Services at (908) 735-7040
     Deer With Blue Tongue Virus Found In Basking Ridge October 10, 2014 New Jersey, Patch 
... The clinical signs of bluetongue are identical to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which has occurred seven times in the state since 1995. “The bluetongue virus is widely distributed in the United States, but has not been previously found in deer in New Jersey,” ... 
1st cases of bluetongue virus found in deer October 10, 2014 New Jersey, CT Post
... virus was found in a deer that died in Basking Ridge ... and one that day in Stirling ...

... With the recent partnership of Whitetails Unlimited, the National Deer Alliance is proud to announce that the three largest deer hunting and conservation organizations in the nation have now pledged their support to the NDA. The Mule Deer Foundation, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) ...

Who is responsible for the deer in Montclair? October 6, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... Steve Schapiro, acting director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, explained that the DOT collects deer found on all state roadways.  
Counties and municipalities are responsible for roads in their respective jurisdictions ...

... With autumn comes the mating season for deer, also known as the rut... [Deer] throw caution to the wind ... From a high of 200,000 deer in the Garden State in the mid-1990s, the last estimate places the total population at 105,535 ...

Smaller crossbow hunting safety zones could endanger children, others October 2, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com, Rose Ann Scotti, former mayor of Colts Neck Township
... Hunters in attendance at local meetings often cite the new parameters for bows as a “right” because it falls within in state statute, and they threaten lawsuits if local ordinances are not brought into compliance...  I deeply resent state representatives implying that the municipality must bring its ordinance into compliance with the state when the tenet of local rule is well-grounded in court precedent....

Loantaka reservation closed Wednesday for deer hunt October 1, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online 
... The commission first allowed controlled hunts at its facilities in the early 1990s. The commission also experimented with a three-year contraceptive program beginning in 1997 that was deemed ineffective because it was too difficult to annually locate tagged deer and administer contraceptive shots... [time between shots is increasing, as is tagging technology]

... The National Deer Alliance is pleased to announce that they will be joined by Whitetails Unlimited in their effort to protect North America’s wild deer, wildlife habitat and the future of hunting...

Watchung,  Council votes to allow deer hunt with rifles September 26, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... “The council is not supporting bow hunting in a fully developed town within 150-foot of a residence,” ... Councilman Steven Black, who said he has hunted in the past with a bow, said he was not a proponent of the bow, because the rocky topography in Watching causes more refraction of arrows off rock...

North Caldwell, Culling deer on school property ruled out September 26, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
...The Board of Education has ruled out the option of culling deer on school grounds due to state statutes prohibiting the use of school property ... The borough is not looking into anything else in terms of culling, because itdoes not have much room, Deuer explained. However, it is looking into other plans that are too early to divulge yet ...

... “The deer population is higher now than it was when the early settlers arrived,” said Pat Scheuer, director of the Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes [Actually, about the same or lower, see the research] ... If the deer population is not addressed, the forest will continue to disappear, he said, and eventually, deer will start dying of disease and starvation [Deer fertility declines as food becomes limited, reducing the population] ...

Hunting deer not the answer to Lyme disease September 19, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills 
...Deer aren’t even carriers of Lyme disease; the main carrier is the white-footed mouse, whose populations increase in forest fragmented by human overdevelopment.  ... Increases to white-footed mouse populations directly affect the number of infected ticks in an area. When deer or foxes, among the countless recreationally hunted species, are killed, the ticks will then feed mostly on mice who actually carry and transmit Lyme disease, increasing their chances of becoming infected...

Medford, Sub-committee to address deer-fencing issue in Medford September 18, 2014 New Jersey, South Jersey Local News
...  township planner Scott Taylor ...  said, based on his research, deer netting should be considered fencing because the posts are permanent. He came up with recommendations that would allow 8-feet high netting to be added to the current ordinance...

High Bridge to allow deer hunt September 16, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills 
... The Woods and Waters Sportsmen Club of Hillsborough will pay the borough $900 for the one-year contract to hunt deer on the Springside Farm property and the Nassau Property, both of which are off Nassau Road...

State website has info for deer hunters September 14, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald ·
... The division has launched the Deer Hunting Location Viewer at: www.njfishandwildlife.com/ahrs_deer_viewer.htm to help hunters.  The website has a map, and by putting the pointer on the place where the deer was taken, an info box pops up ...

...  a bill was passed in the New Jersey State Legislature, which lowered the safety zone for bow hunting from 450ft. to 150 ft. from an occupied dwelling... Unfortunately, hunters, sometimes masquerading as conservation groups, are using this legislation to expand hunting opportunities statewide and in densely populated areas...

Watchung, Borough debates crossbow hunting September 10, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... Councilwomen Debra Joren, however, said she believed the surveys were a bit misleading. “There was a 110-vote difference in supporting bow hunting, but 364 to 195 people would not allow a site by their residence, so I think that should be added in,”she said, referencing a popular belief that people want something done but not near their property...

Medford forms deer-fencing subcommittee September 3 2014 New Jersey, Burlington County Times
... With little progress on issues involving deer fencing and standalone gates, Mayor Christopher Buoni announced the creation of a subcommittee to resolve netting and fencing concerns ... The issue gained traction when Councilman Chuck Watson erected an 8-foot deer-netting fence around his property in June and a resident complained ...


State’s hunting survey compromised August 30, 2014 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record 
... some hunters shared the survey because of an unintended and unauthorized survey distribution by outside sources to hunters in states other than New Jersey and to hunters who do not hunt New Jersey APR zones.  The compromise of the sampling protocol necessitated the closure of the survey ...

Franklin Lakes, Deer fence exception nixed by council August 28, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey
    Permission to erect "deer fences" exceeding the borough’s 5-foot fence height limit was proposed by a resi-dent without success at the Aug. 18 Borough Council meeting... residents interested in putting up deer fences could apply to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a height variance...

Medford, Deer fencing issue debated in Medford August 21, 2014 New Jersey, South Jersey Local News 
... township planner Scott Taylor came up with recommendations that would allow 8 feet high open deer netting in back and side yards.  Standards would require the netting be black or dark brown material that is specifically designed for the eye to look through and beyond it...

...  I submitted strong evidence, both last year and at this meeting by the petitions that about 90% of residents or more disapproved of the recreational, non-resident, 21-week long hunting method...  people I spoke to handed me 2 arrows shot right at their homes and both landed very close. One landed just 20 feet away from where I often see a sweet 2-year-old named Charlie play every day....

...Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease ...  the most common infectious disease of white-tailed deer in the Eastern United States ...contracted from the bite of a species of midge ... The first occurrence and subsequent identification of EHD occurred in 1955 when several hundred white-tailed deer succumbed in both New Jersey and in Michigan... New Jersey has experienced seven confirmed outbreaks of EHD, occurring in 1955, 1975, 1999, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012...

Colts Neck, New Colts Neck hunting rules bring fear to some August 16, 2014 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press 
... There are many residents who are now worried the Township Committee's decision to allow bow hunting within 150 feet of buildings ... Caputi brought arrows to the committee meeting that he said had landed on residential properties from illegal hunting occurring now in the township. "150 feet is ridiculous," ...
 Deer hunt gets go-ahead with new ordinance in Colts Neck August 15, 2014 New Jersey, News 12  
... Officials passed an ordinance that will allow deer hunting in specific residential areas of Colts Neck.  The owner of Eastmont Orchard is one of the main proponents of the new legislation. He has had serious problems with deer eating his apple crop...

Public Asked to Be Alert for EHD in Deer August 13, 2014 New Jersey, NJDEP News
     The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division.
     EHD is a common viral disease in deer that is contracted from the bite of a species of midge known as Culiocoides sonorensis. New Jersey has experienced seven outbreaks of EHD since 1955. Outbreaks typically begin in August; symptoms of EHD in deer may include difficulty standing, drooling, and/or emitting foam from the mouth or nose. Deer with any of those symptoms, as well as dead deer with no apparent wounds observed in or near water, should be reported to any one of the following numbers:
    Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics:
   Bill Stansley, 908-236-2118

Bureau of Wildlife Management:
   Northern Region - Carole Stanko or Dan Roberts, 908-735-7040
   Central Region - Jodi Powers, 609-259-6965
   Southern Region - Joe Leskie, 609-748-2043

EHD is not a public health issue and is not a cause for concern about human health.

Colts Neck could allow limited hunting of white-tailed deer August 5, 2014 New Jersey, nt.gmnews.com 
... At a Township Committee meeting on July 9, an ordinance was introduced that would permit individuals to discharge a gun, weapon or firearm on properties 5 acres or larger, specifically for the hunting of white-tailed deer.  A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the committee’s Aug. 13 meeting at Town Hall...

North Caldwell, Deer problem on the rise in North Caldwell August 1, 2014 New Jersey,  New Jersey Hills 
... The town used shotguns during the most recent deer combing, but only has limited public property where the combing could take place... Ostheimer also suggested the idea of paying $500 per deer for euthanizing or sterilizing. Resident Keri Cerami said she would be happy to pay for a few deer ... The survey will provide an opportunity for residents to let the state know what’s going on with the deer situation in North Caldwell. ... at,http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/survey_deermgt14.htm

Allendale, North Jersey experts propose bow hunt to curb deer population July 9, 2014 News 12 New Jersey
... Wildlife experts say the state's deer population is exploding, and some are proposing an extreme measure to control it. [According to the DEP, the population has fallen from about 200,000 in the 1990's to a little over 100,000 in 2014] ... he ultimate decision about a possible deer hunt rests in the hands of the borough council...

... about 40 deer live in the freshwater wetland, when no deer inhabited the area just 30 years ago. The animals have eaten several forest plants ... Other non-lethal measures, including an ordinance barring feeding deer, have also been suggested...

Allendale, Stopping the marauding deer at Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale July 7, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... New Jersey is home to an estimated 106,000 deer — a population that has shrunk by 100,000 since the mid-1990s, "by design," [supervising biologist at New Jersey's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Carole Stanko] ... consider allowing bow hunting within the preserve... The proposal has become a contentious issue ... 

Ever hit a deer in NJ? State wants to hear about it July 3, 2014 New Jersey, Hunterdon County Democrat
... It's the first time the division has asked residents-at-large about the impact of deer ... The state Division of Fish & Wildlife ... is asking residents statewide to complete a 19-question survey online... 

... The deer count could not be properly conducted due to timing. The vegetation has grown too thick to get an accurate count. Numbers seem to be low though as car crashes caused by deer have decreased. A count will have to be performed earlier next year to avoid thick vegetation...

Rutherford, Deer population invading Rutherford, Lyndhurst June 6, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
...deer are making their way into the suburbs of Southern Bergen County ... Last week a town meeting on the deer population was held in Allendale with Carole Stanko, a wildlife biologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife who advocated for a deer hunt in Bergen County... 

Fawning over a dog: A deer video in Morristown June 2, 2014 New Jersey, Morristown Green
... Maureen Denman was walking her dog, Dublin, not too far from Morristown High School over the weekend when a newborn creature stumbled by to say hello. [see video below]


New Jersey cop pulls baby deer from storm drain May 30, 2014 The Express-Times
... Feichter and Cpl. Lucas Allen were able to remove the grate, allowing the officer to climb into the drain ... Police later released it into the nearby woods...

Haworth to take steps to limit deer on private property May 22, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... An amendment to local land use laws calls for increasing the allowable height of a mesh fence to help keep deer from homeowners' backyard... Hakim suggested up to 9 feet because deer typically do not jump higher than 7 feet... 

Fort Lee police rescue adorable baby deer May 15, 2014 Florida,  New Jersey Online 
... found the fawn close to where a female adult deer was struck and killed by a car just days prior... transferred to Antler Ridge in Newton, a deer preserve...

Montgomery plans to increase money for deer hunts May 7, 2014 New Jersey, Gazette Net 
... The County Council tentatively approved Monday $127,050 for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to thin the county’s deer herd...

Randolf, Wildlife Management Committee Conducts Deer Count April 24, 2014,  The Alternative Press
... residents may see a slow moving van moving (about 10 MPH) with count team members shining strong, hand-held spotlights across lawns and nearby woods...

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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Albino Deer in Northwestern New Jersey - April, 2013