SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Because of accidents on the roads and concern about tick-borne illnesses, Saddle River is carefully studying the option of bringing in bow hunters to thin the deer population.

Other towns are waiting to see what the tiny borough does, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

It’s not an isolated problem, said Carol Tyler, a senior animal control officer with Tyco.

“At some point in time, I believe that the issue will come to rest with the county because eventually everyone’s going to have to do something to manage deer, whether it’s raising the fines for feeding wildlife, policing it better, making sure people aren’t making pets out of these things or bringing 20 or 30 of them to their yard each night, because once you put out food, you’re causing an unnatural balance.”

Animal rights activists advocate nonlethal options like contraception.

Saddle River will hold a public forum in October.

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