Deer Slaughter in Montville, NJ
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See the below article about an upcoming deer slaughter in Montville, NJ,
partially at the behest of the Lake Valhalla Civic Association (Montville,
NJ), whose President, Janell Crispyn, was "elated" that the deer will be
slaughtered. In contrast to her cruelty, LVCA member Gladys Nemirow opposes
If you live in housing developments that have boards, seek a position. These
boards invariably attract the least intelligent, least imaginative, and
least compassionate individuals. These board positions must be held by
people of conscience, as animal lives depend upon it.
CONTACT (politely)-even if you do NOT live in NJ:
1. Lake Valhalla Civic Association
I could not find any contact info for LVCA on the Internet, but the library
gave me a phone number and the name of the secretary: Suzanne Olimpio, (973)
335-5236. Please make your calls POLITE and offer to send documentation of
why only non-lethal solutions should be considered.
2. Frank Bastone, Montville Township Administrator FBastone@...
Mayor Art Daughtry ADaughtry@...
3. Montville Twp Chamber of Commerce info@.... Tell them
you do not patronize businesses in towns that slaughter animals, when
non-lethal solutions will accomplish what killing actually makes worse.
4. Submit letters to the editor of the Daily Record from:
Montville shooting for a deer cull
Official: 'We're ready to do it as soon as possible'
BY TEHANI SCHNEIDER
Monday, January 29, 2007
MONTVILLE -- Count Montville among the ranks of Morris County towns looking
to curb the region's extensive deer dilemma.
Prompted by a presentation by the Lake Valhalla Civic Association about the
problem, township officials met with the Morris County Park Commission last
week to discuss a possible deer cull in the township.
The commission offered to expand its wildlife management program, including
the culling of white-tailed deer, into the township, administrator Frank
Bastone announced at Tuesday's night meeting.
Bastone said he and Charles Perry, chairman of the township environmental
commission, had positive talks with Dave Helmer and Rob Jennings, heads of
the county park commission.
Both commission officials said the program would extend into township
property contiguous to the commission-owned Pyramid Mountain , although
dates have yet to be set, Bastone said.
"We're ready to do it as soon as possible," he said on Wednesday. "I think
it's a great opportunity to initiate another shared service with the county
and to bring an existing, established, working program into Montville ."
The township would not contribute financially to the cull, he said.
The park commission, which uses both shotgun and bow methods, began its cull
on Jan. 9 on Pyramid Mountain, said Jennings, the commission's
superintendent of natural resources management.
The shotgun-only cull is limited to Tuesday mornings from 5:30 a.m. to noon
, and signs are posted around every trailhead and parking lot entrance, he
"We recognize that ( Pyramid Mountain ) is heavily used by hikers," Jennings
said. "We feel by having limited hunts on weekdays in the winter, it lessens
the impact on other users of the facility."
Both Bastone and Perry seemed receptive to the idea of expanding the cull
into the township, and both parties agreed it makes sense, he said.
"They're getting pressure from the Lake Valhalla folks to have a more active
management program," Jennings said. "We feel it allows us to maintain our
management rights, play a role in wildlife management in their tract of
land... and absorb it into our program."
Members of the Lake Valhalla Civic Association who attended Tuesday night's
meeting thanked the committee for addressing the issue promptly.
The LVCA, which represents 600 families in the small lakeside community, has
openly complained about herds of deer destroying the forest surrounding the
Janell Crispyn, president of the LVCA, said she was "elated" by the county's
"I think it's such an absolutely wise and prudent step to take to bring the
deer back to their natural numbers," she said on Wednesday.
But one member of the LVCA who has vocally opposed lethal methods of deer
control and has worked to preserve the township land eyed for the cull,
expressed her displeasure again on Wednesday.
"The hunters will have access and egress from my street," said Gladys
Nemirow, who called the actions taken by township officials "knee-jerk
"Something that was passive recreation, something that was treasured by all
of us as a sanctuary, will be invaded," she said. "It's outrageous."
If the township does accept the county's offer, it will join the growing
list of other Morris County municipalities who have implemented similar
programs. Both Chester Township and Wharton have an agreement with the
county, while Mountain Lakes , Morris Township and Mendham Township have
achieved success with their own bow and shotgun hunting programs, Jennings
Bow hunting, which Montville already permits, would ideally be best for a
successful cull, he said.
Tehani Schneider can be reached at (973) 428-6631 or tschneider@....
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