Monday, March 18, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Patch Letter to the Editor on Deer Control.
Anti-culling activists insist there are economical and effective non-lethal alternatives to control local deer populations. A previous letter explored the high cost ($3,000+ per deer) and low effectiveness of immuno-contraceptives like GonaCon. Surgical sterilization (either tubal ligation or ovariectomy) would be less expensive (~$1,800 per deer) and far more effective – however, given New Jersey’s current regulations, neither method is operationally feasible. Under statute N.J.S.A. 23:4-42.4, a municipality wishing to conduct any kind of deer management program must first obtain a community-based deer management program permit from the DEP. Imbedded in this statute’s language is the requirement for prior written consent from surrounding …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Letter to the Editor regarding county deer hunt.
Thursday, February 14
Essex County’s 2013 deer hunt has come to a close, once again removing many of this over-abundant species from our reservations (Hilltop – 61, South Mountain – 43). Contrary to naysayers, deer have not become extinct because of the program, and there are small signs that our nature preserves are beginning to recover from decades of browse damage. Contraceptives are sometimes proposed as an alternative to hunting. However, we need to acknowledge that non-lethal methods to control deer populations would involve significant investment of taxpayer dollars, particularly immuno-contraception (e.g., GonaCon). Each GonaCon inoculation costs more than $1,000 per dose (including locating, immobilizing, inoculating and collaring). In addition, each…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Do you think the county should continue the annual hunt?
Let the hunt begin. The sixth year of Essex County's deer management program begins Tuesday. The hunt will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Feb. 7. Hunting will take place at South Mountain Reservation in South Orange on Tuesday and Thursday, and Jan. 29 in the afternoon only. In addition, hunters will be allowed to track trails in the Hilltop Reservation and the old Essex County Hospital Center site in the mornings and afternoons on Jan 31, as well as on Feb. 5 and 7. The hunt has been scaled back this year. The program has been reduced from 24 hunting sessions in 12 days in 2012 to nine sessions in six days this year. Open/Closed During the deer hunt, the reservations and Fairview Avenue in Cedar Grove will be closed. The …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Here's what you need to know during county's three-week deer culling program.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Deer hunting is scheduled to begin at Hilltop and Eagle Rock reservations Thursday as part of Essex County’s fifth annual deer management program. County-approved volunteer hunters will be in the Hilltop, a 284-acre parcel that spans Cedar Grove, Verona, Caldwell and North Caldwell, and at the 408-acre Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 during daylight hours. Both reservations will be closed during the hunt. The Essex County Sheriff's Office has reported the following road closures during the period of the hunt on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midnight to 10 p.m. Near Hilltop Reservation, Fairview Avenue, from Myrtle Avenue to Durrell Street, will be closed. All roadways within Eagle…