SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — What to do about deer?

Saddle River has been studying the issue for a year.

Residents are concerned about the spread of Lyme disease, destruction of shrubs and gardens, and vehicle collisions.

“Oh, it’s definitely dangerous, especially this time of year,” one man told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “You have the rut kicking in, so the does are getting chased by the bucks, and you’re going to have accidents. There’s no doubt about it.”

“I would hate to see people hunt for them, but I don’t know what the answer is,” a woman said.

Last week, the Borough Council released a draft plan to allow limited bow hunting on private property with written permission from the owner.

The Record newspaper reported that at an emotional forum Tuesday night a representative from the Humane Society explained a hunt alone would not solve the problem. She urged nonlethal methods such as contraception.

Several people called for Bergen County to develop its own policy.


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