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Hunters to cull deer herd in Union County

1-5-14

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Union County’s annual deer hunt is due to start Monday at six locations, including the Watchung and Ash Brook reservations and three parks.

Officials say the hunt is intended to reduce the region’s growing deer population. They say the herd needs to be culled to prevent destruction of forest vegetation and to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by deer.

Dozens of registered hunters will be allowed to go out in the designated areas on Mondays, with the weekly hunts concluding on Feb. 5.

The county hopes to remove about 220 deer overall. The deer meat will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Animal advocates havce called on county officials to stop the hunt, claiming it’s unnecessary.