Fawn rescued from storm drain in Watchung, NJ
- See the below article, about the rescue of a fawn, by the Police, Fire, and
Public Works departments in Watchung, NJ. Let's use this wonderful incident
to speak out for the deer.
Note that Watchung is an upper-crust town that has slaughtered deer for
years (go to <http://watchungnj.com/> http://watchungnj.com/ and click on
"Deer Management Program"). They have been given plenty of data, from
activists--myself included--over the years, about why hunting is not a
Please send letters to the editor, comparing the below story and beautiful
photo (if photo does not come through, go to the online article) to the
killing of deer. Ask if this beautiful baby, who has just been saved, will
soon be killed by one of NJ's drooling Fudds (use your own words).
If you would like to let the Mayor and Councilmembers know what you think,
POLITELY contact them at:
aellis@...; tfranklin@...; sblack@...;
gmobus@...; djoren@...; spote@...;
wnehls@... I recall that Councilmember Joren was opposed to the
hunt, but do not know if she has remained so. So be polite, since I do not
know which of the above support the slaughter and which do not.
POLITELY thank the Department of Public Works (publicworks@...),
the Police Department, and the Fire Department for saving this baby. The
Fire Department is obviously proud of rescuing the fawn, since they link to
the article from their website.I could not find an e-mail address or FAX for
the Police or Fire Departments, but you can send them letters to the below
snail mail addresses. I would think you could also ask the Watchung Town
Clerk, Laureen Fellin, to forward e-mails to them. Contact her at:
Watchung Fire Department
Watchung Municipal Building
57 Mountain Boulevard
Watchung, NJ 07069
Watchung Police Department
880 Somerset Street
Watchung, NJ 07069
POLITELY, thank the Departments of Public Works, Fire, and Police for
bravely saving this baby, but ask them how they would feel if this baby gets
killed in one of Watchung's Deer Management Program slaughters. Now that
they have held this precious life in their hands, ask them to speak out
against lethal deer management, and briefly let them know why hunting is
counter-productive, in addition to being cruel.
This is one of those crappy sites that hosts more than one paper and does
not make it clear which paper the story came from. So, please send letters
to both the Courier News (cnletters@...) and to the Home
News Tribune (mkuhn@...).
[you can post online comments]
Captain Pete Landis holds a fawn rescued from a Watchung storm drain.
Fawn rescued from storm drain in Watchung
By LINDA SADLOUSKOS . STAFF WRITER . August 7, 2008
WATCHUNG -A fawn who wandered into the municipal storm drainage system
through a concrete basin on Stirling Road ended up stuck in a storm drain on
Valley Road before being rescued Thursday by a contingency of local
firefighters, police and public works employees.
Police and other rescuers found the young deer in a drain off Valley Road
shortly after 3 p.m., said police Sgt. Gene McAllister. Police had been
alerted by phone calls
/80807055> from worried residents, he said.
"He could have been down there for a while,'' McAllister said.
The fawn had apparently wandered through a tunnel in the system for about 30
feet before ending up in the storm drain, said firefighter Scott Otto.
McAllister said public works employees used a backhoe to remove the grate
from the storm drain on Valley Road, allowing firefighters to drop in.
The firefighters chased the fawn back to the concrete basin off Stirling
Road, where it had entered the system, Otto said. Firefighters helped guide
the fawn back through the tunnel by gently spraying the animal, Otto said.
Fire Capt. Pete Landis grabbed the baby deer when it emerged again, Otto
said. Capt. Jeff Meyer was also lowered down to rescue the animal, he said.
After the rescue, Otto said, "We took him to a further location and let him
loose in the woods.''
Fire Chief Jim DiPaolo, Assistant Chief Skip Bell and firefighters Tom
Carlucci Sr. and Shane Bell also assisted in the rescue, according to the
McAllister said the concrete drainage basin where the fawn entered the
system is on the property of an office building.
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