County Installs Deer Deterrent System


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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) unveils the Deer Deter system to (from left) Millburn Mayor Thomas McDermott, Livingston Councilman Buddy August, Livingston Mayor Arlene Johnson, Livingston Deputy Mayor Rudy Fernandez and Freeholder Patricia Sebold. (Photo by Glen Frieson)

Essex County has installed 417 electronic devices on county roads in Livingston, Millburn and West Orange to prevent deer from wandering onto roadways and causing accidents.

The so-called Deer Deter devices emit a high frequency noise to scare deer away from the traffic. Sensors in the devices are activated by vehicle headlights. Verona’s town manager, Joe Martin, promised their installation in Verona earlier this year and now says funding is in place for the devices to be placed along several county and town roads in Verona this fall.

The deterrent devices are part of the county Deer Management Program, which also has included deer hunts and reforestation. The goal is to reduce accidents and repair the damage done to county woodlands from what had been an excessively large deer population here. County statistics seem to indicate some progress: In 2009, 284 dead deer were removed from county roads, down from 363 in 2008 and 303 in 2007. Only 76 dead  deer have been removed so far this year.

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“The overabundance of deer in Essex County has created dangerous situations on our roads and destroyed the forest in our reservations,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the unveiling ceremony. “As we move forward with and expand our Deer Management Program and accelerate the regrowth of our forests with an aggressive planting program, expanding the use of these reflectors will be a tremendous asset to make our roads safer and prevent deer-related accidents.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Now back in Verona, she contributes to a variety of publications and Web sites, and consults on social media. In Verona, she serves on the Verona Environmental Commission and HBW SCA, and has been part of many other civic and religious groups in town. A graduate of Rutgers University’s Environmental Stewards program, she has also run an after-school program on the environment for elementary school children here. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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