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