Wednesday, February 06, 2008

NEW JERSEY NEWS: South Mountain Cull Already Eliminates 37 Deer Per Square Mile

The Essex County-sponsored deer hunt at South Mountain Reservation today yielded 17 deer, bringing the total number of deer removed to 119, according to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo.

The take includes six deer -- four males and two females -- from the morning session and 11 more -- four males and seven females -- from the afternoon, DiVincenzo added.
The 119 deer have been culled from the 2,047-acre reservation since the hunt began Jan. 29. (Rooney notes: 119 deer removed from 2047 acres translates to a 37 deer per square mile reduction). Volunteer sharpshooters working from tree blinds have killed a total of 54 males and 65 female deer on the three days the hunt has been allowed.

The reservation stretches across Millburn, Maplewood, West Orange and South Orange, and the hunt is scheduled to take place on most Tuesdays and Thursdays until Feb. 28. DiVincenzo said the hunt would be suspended Tuesday because of Lincoln's birthday, and the park will be open.


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