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The Denville Township Council voted in favor of a deer hunt and will meet next month to discuss how to institute it in a safe manner. "Initially I was opposed to the deer hunt," said township councilwoman Deborah A. Smith. "But after hearing testimony on the state of deer in Denville and how unhealthy they are, I am in support of the culling of the heard."


"Initially I was opposed to the deer hunt," said township councilwoman Deborah A. Smith. "But after hearing testimony on the state of deer in Denville and how unhealthy they are, I am in support of the culling of the heard."

Denville's 11 square miles can not sustain the 2,000 deer that populate the area, according to Smith, who said that having a hunt will preserve both the deer and local vegetation which deer are eating due to lack of adequate food supply. The vote was taken Tuesday night.

The manner in which the hunt will take place and when will be discussed at the next meeting, which will be held on Sept. 1 in the municipal building at 1 St. Mary's Place.

In response to concerns about safety, the town will publish the locations and dates of the hunts, which will likely be done by bow hunters. The town will also require hunters go through a training program to learn how to hunt in as humane a manner as possible, Smith said.

Some Denville residents oppose the hunt, which would be the township's first in recent memory.

Wendy Bozzolasco, a concerned Denville resident and Morristown attorney, said she has researched the implications of deer hunts extensively and opposes them because they will exacerbate some of the problems they are intended to solve: automotive collisions and ticks among humans.

Citing a study from the Erie Auto Insurance Group, Bozzolasco said that insurance claims often increase during deer hunting seasons because deer, fleeing hunters often enter the roadway. Moreover, killing deer, Bozzolasco said, can increase Lyme disease among humans because deer do not spread the disease. Rather they act as hosts for ticks, she said.

"Deer are not a vector species for Lyme disease. A white tail mouse is the vector species," Bozzolasco said. "Ticks need a large bodied warm host," and when there are less deer, ticks seek out people, she said.

Bozzolasco said there are legal implications to moving forward with the proposed deer hunt and the town's plan to donate excess venison to a charity in Paterson.

"There are repercussions in terms of liability if people are injured or property damaged and specifics of that have not been discussed," Bozzolasco said. "What liability would there be if toxic meat would be donated."

Smith said the council has considered the legal implications of allowing a hunt.

"We're always concerned about those things. The group we're talking to carries their own liability. It's been done in Mountain Lakes and in Randolph," said Smith. "This is not a new thing."

Denville resident Genie Cisti, 48, suggested other alternatives include installing roadside reflectors that would discourage deer from entering roadways and encouraging residents to plant deer resistant plants.
 

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Great Job UBNJ in presenting the facts, gathering the troops and educating the Town Committee.
Common sence prevails!
 

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installing roadside reflectors that would discourage deer from entering roadways
They also need to install more deer crossing signs so the deer only cross in designated areas and drivers slow down!

I am starting to see more and more townships sponsor deer hunts as an effective means to control deer populations. Congrats to Denville for using sound management practices and congrats to all who helped make this happen.
 

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Talk about misleading information. The reason there are more deer car collisions during hunting season. Is because it is also the breeding season not because they are fleeing hunters.
Boy some people will say anyting to try and get there way even if it is a bold face lie.[eek]
 

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Denville resident Genie Cisti, 48, suggested other alternatives include installing roadside reflectors that would discourage deer from entering roadways
[eyeroll]

this has been tried before in Mendham, chester and Long Valley. it didn't work

Rather they act as hosts for ticks, she said.
less deer, less ticks[up]

all of these excuses are right out of the antis playbook...same crappy arguments different hunt
 

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encouraging residents to plant deer resistant plants.
this might lessen the deers financial impact on homeowners but it does nothing to address the overpopulation of deer. BTW, there are very few deer resistant plants out there....especially when the herd is overpopulated
 

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what the council should have repelied with is their suggestion would have increase their taxes per year and the Deer management will generate income and more likely payed for itself. As shown by responsible townships Hillsborugh, Montgomery and mendham..

What liability would there be if toxic meat would be donated."
Funny how they forget how much antibiotics and hormones are pumped into beef cattle every year!
 

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A few points if you are writing.
The Drival about the Erie insurance company "DEALING WITH MORE CLAIMS DURING HUNTING SEASON" Is in part bogus and ALL SPIN here's the FACTS those of you who know Pa. know the start of the Pa. gunseason is the MONDAY after Thanks giving Those of you who WORK may also know that many offices are closed the wed. BEFORE THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND THAT COMES AT THE TAIL OF THE PEAK OF THE RUT. If one were to call that insurance company they will tell you they process the most deer / car claims that Monday because they are closed duri the biggest TRAVEL WEEKEND of the year not all of those claims come from that day they are only reported that day because of the closure and in fact MOST OF THOSE DEER ARE HIT WHEN NO ONE IS HUNTING.

Deer resitant plants? The reason the plants are deer resistant is because they are non-native plants part of the reason for keeping deer numbers in line with their habitat is so NATIVE PLANTS CAN REGENERATE and they don't need even MORE competition from non-native invasive species which in fact MANY of those "Deer resistant" plants are!!!

I am glad the town fathers came back with other "Jobs well done by UBNJ" in the area.
Those of you who participated in those efforts mentioned hold your heads high you safely helped to control local deer numbers worked well with others and left a positive legacy that can now be pointed to!

Oh and Deer reflectors I would like to add Franklin Twp. Hunterdon county and the Milford bloffs area of Hollind twp. to the areas where they do not work.
 

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I laugh every time I see a dead deer by those reflector lights. What a waste of money.
It's not just the initial purchase your talking about either they require regular maintaince to.
 
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