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.

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.