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  • Pat Scala
    The Watchung Reservation in Union County (New Jersey) was the first area to use Community Based Deer Management . From 1993 to 2001, more than 1,000 deer
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2003
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      The Watchung Reservation in Union County (New Jersey) was the first
      area to use "Community Based Deer Management". From 1993 to 2001, more
      than 1,000 deer were either killed or wounded in the Reservation. In
      1994, an infra-red air count of deer showed only 139 deer on 4,600 acres
      of land, 2,000 of which was the Reservation. That means that there were
      less than 100 deer in the Reservation itself when the hunts were

      The deer in the reservation lived under non-hunting conditions for
      nearly a century before hunting was initiated, and had only reached a
      population height of 100, yet, in nine short years, more than 1,000 deer
      were produced and killed, and dozens, perhaps hundreds of others, were
      created and immigrated to other neighboring areas. How is such a thing
      possible? This the effect that hunting has on deer, and, thanks to the
      reports produced on the Reservation hunts, we now have the evidence that
      proves it.

      The Watchung Reservation deer hunts targeted females and were designed
      to kill as many females as possible. After each female deer was killed
      at the Reservation, her womb was cut open and the fetuses, still alive,
      were removed. The study detailing the results of this can be found on
      page 25 of the 1997 Union County Parks Department report titled "Deer
      Management Program For Watchung Reservation".

      All of the pregnant females killed during the first hunt had only one
      fetus in her womb. No twins or triplets were recorded at all. After the
      second year, 57% of the pregnant deer that were killed had twins in
      their wombs. After the third year, 60% of the pregnant deer killed had
      twins, and 8% had triplets. From this point on, the overwhelming
      majority of deer that were pregnant at the Reservation were producing
      either two or three offspring. In other words, as soon as hunting was
      introduced, the deer reacted with a massive increase in offspring

      This is the heart of the matter: Before being hunted, female deer gave
      birth to only one child. Afterwards, it was double or triple that. This
      is what hunting does to deer. It is the reason why killing deer, female
      or male, doesn't reduce deer herds

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