ESSEX FELLS - Animal rights groups are upset over a planned deer culling in Essex Fells.

Merrilee Cichy, founder of Keep Life in the Park says the hunt will actually cause population numbers to increase. Cichy says "because of females having more territory and more food sources, they're going to have twins and triplets."The borough authorized the hunt to take place between Sept. 12 and Nov. 25.

Borough officials say "the deer hunt is being conducted in order to reduce health risks related to the transmission of Lyme disease from deer to humans, limit damage to ornamental plantings within the community, reduce deer versus motor vehicle collisions, and restore native plant materials and habitat for other wildlife."

The police chief issued bow permits to hunters interested in participating in the hunt.