Deer Killed on Park Avenue
Anyway, now that it is rutting season and given that we have deer in the southeast part of the city as well as in Green Brook Park, drive carefully, especially at dusk.
The state-wide deer herd is estimated at 150,000. As with black bears, the encroachment of new housing and other development into formerly untouched habitats is causing a clash between people and the state's wild creatures. Some rural towns hand out information on how to deal with bear encounters. Hunters have been allowed to cull deer herds, even quite close to populated areas.
Years ago the Courier News used to publish what I called the "deer at sunset" photos, so evocative of the former shyness of deer. It was a hallmark of rustic living to see a herd of deer grazing at the edge of a forest.
But no more. Even here in Plainfield, people can recount tales of herds coming right up to their backyard windows as if to say, "Who are you guys and what are you doing on our turf?"
Click here for a link to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Wildlife page, which has many more links on deer, bears, foxes and more. It is a little too heavily oriented toward hunting for my taste, but certainly very informative.