Implement Humane Deer Management Programs in New Jersey
Take Action for Humane Deer Management Programs
There are 2 things you can do today to advocate for humane deer management programs.
For too long, we have relied on lethal methods to reduce deer populations, which have shown to not have long-term effects, while not considering alternatives. Management of deer populations has conventionally focused on lethal, inhumane methods (e.g., bow or gun hunting). In residential communities, lethal deer management strategies have become concerning for safety and ethical reasons. Deer fertility control programs offer a safe and humane alternative to lethal methods and result in long term solutions to deer overpopulation. We should invest in non-lethal programs to keep our communities safe and treat our wildlife with respect.
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STEP 1: Email Your Legislators Today!
Ask your one Senator and two Assembly Members to co-sponsor the bill which will allow for deer fertility control programs. We’ve prepared a sample email for you to use, but we highly encourage you to modify it to make it more persona
Note: If your representative is already sponsoring the bill, make sure to thank them for their sponsorship rather than asking them to sponsor it.
Bill Sponsors: Senator Andrew Zwicker
Sample Email to Your Legislators
Subject line: A note from NJ Resident - please co-sponsor S2967
As a resident of NJ, I am writing to ask for you to support and co-sponsor bill S2967, concerning consent requirements for deer management plans, and prohibits Fish and Game Council and Division of Fish and Wildlife from requiring, for deer management plans, written consent of private landowners located in, or within 2,000 feet of, deer management area.
For too long, we have been relying on only lethal methods to control deer populations while not considering other long term solutions. In residential communities, lethal deer management strategies have become concerning for safety and ethical reasons. Deer fertility control programs not only offer a safe and humane alternative, but result in long term solutions to deer overpopulation- something that lethal methods have not done. We should invest in non-lethal programs to keep our communities safe and treat our wildlife with respect.
I ask you to allow municipalities the opportunity to implement humane deer control methods in addition to lethal methods by co-sponsoring S2967.
Thank you for your consideration.
STEP 2: Call Your Legislators Today
After emailing your Senator and two Assembly Members, be sure to follow up with their offices with a polite phone call. Calling takes less than two minutes, and it’s really easy! We’ve prepared a sample script for you to use but please feel free to modify it to make it more personal.
Sample Call Script
Hi, my name is _____, and I’m a New Jersey resident from __(city)__. I’m following up on an email I sent earlier about requesting __(name)__ to please support and co-sponsor S2967.
This bill would open the door for municipalities in NJ the opportunity to try non-lethal methods of controlling the deer population.