Our taxes are being
poop & flower crowd
The small number of Net &
Bolt proponents seem to be working under a pipedream that if we all pay enough
money for slaughtering deer on their properties, we will
have a deer management solution. Given the FACTS, it seems that their
distress is really about the
deer poop and damage to
& Bolt on private properties is an ineffective and expensive service to few,
($915 per deer), paid for by all taxpayers!
Essex Regional Health
Disease is not an issue in
County. There has been no
decrease, no increase, no identifiable trends nor risk factors.
DeNova, Ass’t Health
West Orange Dept. of Health-
Diseases are reported where a
person lives; there is no presumption that an individual living in a
municipality contracted Lyme Disease in that locale; It
is a method of reporting to the state all diseases for investigation and
Research is conclusive that deer have no impact on Lyme Disease, AND in the
eight years of the Township’s deer management program — approaching $300,000 —
auto-deer collisions are as high as in years prior to deer removal! Yet the
Township refuses to invest in proven safety methods such as fencing,
reflectors, signage, etc., while they repeatedly accommodate select residents
Property taxes are spiraling
out of control; we can’t allow our taxes to
continue to be squandered on poop and flowers!
Register your opposition
PO Box 121, Millburn,
Do you want
YOUR tax dollars used for
former deer management point person responded to, “repeated
requests from residents asking to have deer removal addressed on their
properties”. (Minutes of the Township Committee meeting, Nov. 29,
Tim Gordon, Business Administrator,
“The best way to gauge if the
(Net & Bolt) program has been successful
will be to ask the property owners…” (The Item, Mar. 15,
sounds like a service to
surrendered via the Open Public Records Act reveal:
to Net, Bolt and remove
deer from private residential properties
consultations, hourly fees, lodging, meals, travel, butchering)
The Div. of Fish & Wildlife reported remaining
reproduce at the accelerated rate of
36% annually. Deer slaughter is an
expensive and losing proposition for taxpayers and the residents who have an
intolerance of wildlife, yet refuse to pay to protect their own properties.
If you object to the use of
your tax dollars for removal of deer from private properties because it is
inhumane, ineffective, or grossly unfair to taxpayers, write to:
deductible donations welcome:
PO Box 121,
Millburn NJ 07041
Paid for by:
campaign of the Coalition For Animals
Ad in Millburn Item: 1/10/08
It’s 2008 and the "Net
& Bolt" Crowd Is
Back to SQUANDER Your
In 2008, the tax-strapped residents of Millburn Township are no doubt going
to see the purchase of the failing Paper Mill Playhouse, in addition to the
funding of ambitious downtown redevelopment. Tax increases for township
expenditures seem to be accelerating and never-ending. And now the "Net &
Bolt" crowd is back, asking us all to pay for private deer hunting on
Does the township committee really need to continue to SQUANDER our
tax dollars on the inhumane and ineffective "Net & Bolt" deer killing on private
property just to satisfy a few? Not if you consider the simple facts!
In 2005, when only 62* deer were counted, (574 or 85% were eliminated):
1) Auto-deer collisions had increased, not decreased!** Still, our
money is squandered on Net & Bolt on private properties and not invested
in long-term proven solutions such as roadway warning signs, Strieter Lites,
fencing, etc., etc.
2) Lyme Disease did not diminish; it increased! *** Fact: deer
do not cause Lyme Disease. The bacteria comes from the White Footed Mouse+ and
all birds and mammals, including pets, may carry infected ticks. Killing
deer on private property will never eradicate Lyme Disease.
* HotShot Survey, **Police Dept. Report, ***Twp. Board of Health, +U of
Why are we all paying for this Private and Inhumane Service?
1) The township was to provide box traps for deer relocation to property
at their cost! (Item, 9/07/2000)
2) The township was to allow sharpshooting on eligible private properties
with residents responsible for the full cost. (Item 12/10/2003)
3) Township surveys indicated that 10 of 11 residents wanting Net & Bolt
acknowledged it was a private service by agreeing to pay for it! (Nov.
Why then are we all footing the bill for this small
Deer Task Force: Objective or Self-Interested on Net & Bolt?
As an advisory group, the deer task force is charged to objectively evaluate
options on deer management and advise the township committee. But task
force members, Ed Rummel and Arnold Selby, long-outspoken advocates for
Net & Bolt, also worked on its implementation. Then, they received
benefits from Net & Bolt either on their street (Rummel) or in the immediate
area of their residence. (Selby). Shouldn’t these members of the task force be
asked to address this conflict of interest, especially because it involves
spending taxpayer money on their own behalf?
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! STOP SQUANDERING OUR MONEY ON NET & BOLT!
HUMANE Millburn, P.O. Box 121, Millburn;
Letters to the Editor
Martine Donofrio recently
reported a problem with the Natures Technology’s apparatus. Natures Technology
was introduced by township committeewoman,
Ellen Steinberg, as a humane
alternative to net & bolt to prevent deer-damage to landscaping. Ms Donofrio
is a pro-kill proponent and condones the heinous method of netting & bolting
organizations and individuals, including NJ’s Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty towards Animals, hold the position that netting and bolting deer is
inhumane and unacceptable for wildlife management. Yet the township committee
has been indifferent to those claims.
Six years of statistics on
Millburn’s deer management program has proved how ineffective culling has been.
Net & bolt will never resolve the issue of pocket deer in residential
areas (where firearms cannot be used). Here is why:
- Not all deer in residential pockets will fall
victim to net & bolt.
- Residual deer will remain in their home
territory and continue to visit those properties hostile to them,
reinforced by the long-term baiting.
- The proliferation of those deer will be high,
- Deer will continue to forage on unprotected
landscaping and drop feces where properties aren’t contained.
- Residents will have little or no relief from
will create new pockets. In hunted areas, deer refuge seek and leave
their home range to escape gunfire. South Mountain did not have pocket
deer until Millburn had begun to cull. Summit reported having no deer
problems until Millburn began to cull. Millburn’s deer population decreased, but deer were displaced into new areas and
accelerated reproduction continued. Intolerant residents will be frustrated to
continually find themselves back to square one. Some people refuse to accept
that deer are now a fact of life, and that we must adapt ourselves to their
The division of fish &
wildlife reports that NJ has approximately 250,000 deer. However, in just the
past six years, recreational hunters eliminated 397,576 deer, an annual average
of 66,262 per year (www.njfishandwildlife.com/dersum01.htm).
This did not even include the farmer depredation and sharpshooting kills.
Yet the deer population replenishes as quickly as reduced. Hunting creates a
vacuum that accelerates deer proliferation via healthier does capable of
multiple estrous and multiple births.
Princeton has completed the
sixth year of its five year deer management program and already plans for a
seventh year and eight year. Princeton has been netting &
bolting deer in the same locations, proving that it cannot adequately eliminate
or reduce deer.
Deer Management, Inc.
reports reveal that Millburn’s pregnant does are twinning at the rate of 92%.
According to aerial surveys, in March 2005, Millburn had 62 deer, but by March 2006, the herds more than doubled to 139.
Meanwhile, in four of the past six years, auto-deer collisions increased from
preculling times. Deer management methodology directed to reduce deer is no
viable management program.
The good news is that the
deer contraceptive, GonaCon (GnRH) will soon enter the open market. Submitted
to the EPA this summer by the US Dept. of Agriculture- Wildlife Sciences, it is
anticipated that approval will be granted in 2007. Deer contraception will
stabilize deer populations because when fewer deer in the habitat become
heavier, healthier and better nourished they cannot reproduce. It will be
cost-effective because it will eliminate the repeated expensive killings
resulting from the persistent multiple-births.
Deer contraception, along
with other common sense, practical and nonlethal methods to control the effects
of the deer, is how Millburn will ultimately achieve success in its deer
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Also, see why a Top Down Deer Management Program doesn’t work, but a Bottoms Up
Management Plan will. Questions-comments:
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