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Deer Problems in NJ

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Woodland Park, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Deer are all over the Garden State’s rural roads and have become harder to avoid whether they are jumping out in front of your car or are already dead on the side of the road.

Recently, deer that have been killed and are placed on the side of the road have been found with missing heads.

George Dante, with Woodland Park Wildlife Preservations, says that the missing heads of these deer are not anything new.

“A wildlife enthusiast driving down the road and they’re seeing this magnificent buck that’s laying on the side of the road and if it has a sizable set of antlers, one that appreciates this can’t help but stop but take it because they can’t see the animal go to waste on the road,” Dante said.

New Jersey’s take on this is that the animals don’t have to go to waste, but taking road-kill deer home is only legal if it’s used for consumption. Only taking the deer antlers is illegal regardless of how you get them.

Dante and other wildlife enthusiasts are against this New Jersey regulation and are pushing for change.

“We’d like to see it change, because why not? Why not recycle it? If someone’s going to enjoy it, let them take it, recycle it,” Dante said.  He does understand that there needs to be limits to taking antlers home.

According to a detailed study by State Farm Insurance regarding deer accidents on the road, there are an estimated 31,000 deer related accidents a year in New Jersey alone. This totals about $105 million in damages, averaging out to be about $3,100 per claim paid by the insurance after the deductibles.

Looking at these numbers on a bigger scale, deer damage costs the U.S. economy about $3.8 billion a year.

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