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.
“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.”