Essex County culls deer population at South Mountain Reservation due to overpopulation

Officials are culling the over-populated deer herd at the South Mountain Reservation in Essex County. (1/16/14)

ESSEX COUNTY - Officials are culling the over-populated deer herd at the South Mountain Reservation in Essex County.

Sharpshooters will be firing in a specific area, which will be closed to the public for safety.

This the seventh year the county has culled its deer population.

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Officials say the animals are eating so much vegetation that they're chasing out other wildlife, and they are also concerned about accidents from deer crossing busy roads.

"Usually, when a car strikes a deer, nothing good happens," says Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura. "And most of the time the car loses, by the way."

Next month, a similar cull will take place at Hilltop Reservation.
 

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