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Please protest deer hunts in Essex County – South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations and Hilltop

February 6, 2012
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BACKGROUND

The Essex County deer hunts in South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations and Hilltop which began in mid-January continue. A West Orange resident who was hiking in Eagle Rock Reservation yesterday briefly describes what he saw and his comments:

“My dogs led me to a deer that was struggling in a few feet of water but unable to get up (deer1 photo, attached). It was alive, but clearly dying. I suspected that it might be a still-living victim of the deer hunt. I returned to the scene a few hours later and the deer had died and rolled over. There was a clear puncture in its underside, just above its left front shoulder. It appears to have been shot.

We have been told these are “humane” hunts, but I do not think the so-called sharpshooters are all they are cracked up to be, and I don’t believe they are tracking these animals after they shoot them. This deer appears to have struggled for days.”

What would it be like to be hiking with your children and find a deer in such distress? What would it be like to have a deer shot with a bullet or an arrow come on to your property to bleed out and die?

THERE IS NOTHING HUMANE ABOUT THESE HUNTS!! They are nothing but SANCTIONED ANIMAL CRUELTY. I urge you to contact the West Orange Township Council by phone and email to express your STRONG OPPOSITION to these hunts which are affecting all neighboring communities.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Email block

council@westorange.org , SenCodey@njleg.org , AswJasey@njleg.org , AsmMcKeon@njleg.org , joedi@admin.essexcountynj.org

Individual

West Orange Township Council
66 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 325-4155
council@westorange.org

Senator Richard J. Codey
(973) 535-5017
SenCodey@njleg.org

Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey
(973) 762-1886
AswJasey@njleg.org

Assemblyman John F. McKeon
(973) 275-1113
AsmMcKeon@njleg.org

Online Contact Form HERE


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear West Orange Township Council, Senator Codey, Assemblywoman Jasey, and Assemblyman McKeon:

Essex County deer hunts in South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations and Hilltop, which began in mid-January, continue, in misguided attempts to reduce deer numbers in populated areas. Although these hunts are inherently cruel based on the premise alone, it is important to recognize they are based on erroneous information.

Please allow me to illustrate a few of these concerns. First, ecologically, populations will fluctuate according to conditions and naturally-occurring food sources; it is the interference of humans that causes imbalance. To blame and slaughter the deer for human encroachment is both irresponsible and unjustified.

Second, killing deer artificially increases food supplies to the remaining deer, the consequence of which is increased reproduction and an ensuing greater deer population. In fact, studies have demonstrated that the continual cycle of seasonal hunting is responsible for a rebound, or larger herd populations, in subsequent years.

Third, this type of mass killing using such a brutal type of slaughter in such a central and visible location, of which there have been negative eyewitness reporting already, would certainly adversely affect both visitation and tourism; it would be financially detrimental to continue with such a cruel and unnecessary killing, and although I do not currently reside in Essex County I would be unwilling to consider it, or nearby, as a potential vacation destination if this deer cull continues.

Fourth, hunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer, if they look at all. Many deer are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.

Please instead examine alternative, non-lethal options such as fencing, fertility control, and relocation according to established protocols when using these methods, which have all proven successful in curtailing deer populations.

I know your time is limited and I want to thank you each for your attention to this urgent matter.

NAME



See More:


No hunt can be called humane
Hunting is all about bloodshed and pain

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



8 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Lyons kalmenson permalink
    February 6, 2012 6:26 pm

    No hunt can be called humane
    Hunting is all about bloodshed and pain

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  2. linda badham permalink
    February 7, 2012 3:36 pm

    DISGUSTING, DISGRACEFUL, SO VERY CRUEL AND SO VERY WRONG !

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  3. February 7, 2012 4:00 pm

    If I had known these deer for most of my life, I doubt I would have worked so hard to save the Rockville deer. This breaks my heart and it must stop.

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  4. Christine permalink
    February 24, 2012 8:17 am

    My heart breaks over this deer hunt….is seems more like an extermination than a thinning of the herd. I doubt I will see another deer in Cedar Grove. It’s a shame when my children hear gunshots in the distance and ask what that noise is on as many as six occasions during the month of February. Frankly, I think it’s downright terrible! This is their land! One more thing….two years ago…a deer injured from a gunshot wound….literally died in my backyard and froze….and during the month of March it started to defrost….OMG it was horrible. The smell was creeping into my home. We had no idea it was there…it was a buck….we had to wait 3 days for someone from SOUTH JERSEY to come and remove the carcass! Real Nice!!!

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    • linda badham permalink
      February 24, 2012 11:42 am

      DISGUSTING AND A DISGRACE ! TO KILL INNOCENT CREATURES IS WRONG ! HOW DARE ANYONE PLAY GOD. THE WORLD IS MEANT FOR ANIMALS TO LIVE THEIR LIVES ASWELL AS THE HUMAN RACE. TOO MANY COUNTRIES OF LATE ARE TOO GUN CRAZY, ITS NOT A SURPRISE WHY THE WORLDS IN SUCH A MESS WHEN KILLING IS RIFE. NO REASON OR RIGHT TO DO THIS TO THE DEER, LET NATURE LOOK AFTER ITSELF, IT DOES YOU KNOW ! TO PROMOTE ANY KIND OF KILLING IS VIOLENCE, THIS IS WRONG !!

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    • February 24, 2012 4:32 pm

      It’s all wrong, you are so right, Linda. And I agree, Christine, thank you for your comments and efforts. That is awful about the dead deer, I am certain that must have been so sad and horrible to witness. 😦

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