08/20/04 - Posted from the Daily Record newsroom
Hanover survey: Don't kill the deer
By Rob Seman, Daily Record
HANOVER - Most township residents responding to a survey about how to
control deer said they do not want the animals killed.
Most chose non-lethal control methods or to do nothing at all about the
deer, and many also voiced concerns about over-development.
As of a Wednesday tally, about one-third, or 1,572, of the 5,000
households receiving the survey responded, said township committeeman
Here are the survey results so far:
* 385 (23 percent) want to cull the deer by using professional hunters.
* 716 (43 percent) want to pursue non-lethal methods to control the deer
* 565 (34 percent) want to do nothing about the deer.
Fariello noted that many respondents chose both the lethal and
non-lethal option and were given credit for both. He said concerns about
the destruction of landscaping outweighed concerns about car accidents
The township committee was expected to discuss the statistics on
"I prefer to investigate the nonlethal methods now that that's the
majority," Fariello said on Thursday before the meeting.
Griffith Drive resident Adrian DeCicco said that in addition to the
survey, she wrote to township administrator Joseph Giorgio, urging him
to use nonlethal methods to control the deer population.
"I don't think it's necessary to go out and hunt them and shoot them,"
DeCicco, who works for the township of Millburn, which has held deer
cullings in recent years, said that the use of reflectors along roadways
could reduce car accidents with the animals. She added that the use of
plants that the deer are not attracted to would prevent them from
"I think people should just learn how to live with wildlife," DeCicco
Theresa Kerekes, a resident of Berkshire Street, however, said she has
tried that already with little success.
"Ten years ago when I moved here I thought they were adorable," Kerekes
That was until Kerekes found herself spending $1,000 per year replacing
plants eaten by the animals. That cost rose to $2,000 this year.
"I love flowers," Kerekes said. "And there's no way I can have them."
Yet, Kerekes said she also wrote to the township committee urging them
to use non-lethal methods to control the number of deer.
"I don't want people to come and shoot them," Kerekes said.
"There's loads of woods in New Jersey," Kerekes said. "I say rent big
trucks and take them there. I just don't want them in my front yard
Many respondents voiced concerns about development in the township,
Fariello said. Some mentioned "too many new housing developments" and
"stop building and give back the habitat" in their comments.
"I think in a sense the survey brought out another issue that's on
everybody's mind that's occurring in the township," Fariello said.
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