SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There’s controversy over the way in which one New Jersey group is culling its deer population.
For the third 12 months, bow hunters are being invited onto choose residential properties, however some neighbors say they didn’t know and they’re frightened about their security, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Sunday.
Jessica Gotthold mentioned she was strolling to her yard gazebo the opposite day when she seen steps away from her property line, “… a deer-feeding bait stand, which is used for searching.”
There was additionally a tree stand, the place her husband mentioned he has seen a bow-and-arrow hunter 3 times within the final week.
“It’s really leisure homicide of one other animal,” Saddle River resident Jeff Rudden mentioned.
“We might have buddies over with youngsters that may very well be working round and we had been by no means notified. What’s astounding is that somebody’s life might really be in jeopardy due to this example,” Gotthold added.
Their neighbor declined an on-camera interview, however he’s considered one of an undisclosed variety of residents who’ve given permission to the nonprofit United Bowhunters of New Jersey.
Bob Laviano is chairman of Saddle River’s Environmental Fee and mentioned the final two years of this system improved high quality of life in comparison with earlier than.
“The deer had been simply taking up this city,” Laviano mentioned. “The police had been really going out as a result of we had so many coyotes, as a result of the coyotes had been feeding off the deer.
“I used to be pulling ticks off my canines like loopy. Each time you drove round city you see a lifeless deer on the facet of the street,” Laviano added.
The mayor and council wouldn’t converse with Rozner on digicam, citing the truth that the borough is presently in litigation over the matter.
The Animal Safety League is suing the borough. Teresa Aurori is a plaintiff and sits on the Environmental Fee.
“Searching doesn’t belong in backyards. It belongs within the woods,” Aurori mentioned.
She claims borough stats don’t level to a tick downside or automobile accident subject. Helena Zagorski mentioned police knocked on her door Saturday to retrieve a deer shot by a hunter.
“This isn’t first time that they’ve really jumped the fence after being shot with an arrow,” Zagorski mentioned.
However Laviano mentioned there have solely been a handful of incidents like that since 2018, and final month the state wrote the borough supervisor a letter “supporting efforts to manage over considerable deer for the protection of residents, restoration of pure landscapes and discount of property harm.”
Residents CBS2 spoke with mentioned they need to be capable of vote on the matter.
Laviano mentioned this system is price efficient because the borough solely must pay for a refrigerated truck. It doesn’t pay the bow hunters. Reps for the United Bowhunters of New Jersey didn’t get again to CBS2’s requests for remark.
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