Protesters challenge park officials over deer hunting in Highlands area
Protesters are challenging Monmouth County Park officials over deer hunting in the Highlands area.
Many people woke up at the crack of dawn Saturday morning to protest deer hunting at Hartshorne Woods Park. Local residents claim the hunting is an unnecessary and ineffective way to control the deer population. They also say safety concerns are high because a school is less than 100 yards away.
Park officials say they are following state guidelines to protect the public and the park?s deer population. Officials also say they?ve designated nine areas to the Board of Recreation Commissioners. The report was reviewed and accepted by the board.
The Monmouth County Park System says it will be reviewing its deer management program to determine how deer will be hunted at the park in the future. The state will officially review deer hunting findings on February 19.