June 29, 2014 at 12:32 AM
RANDOLPH, NJ - The wildlife management advisory committee met this past Wednesday to discuss animal updates and the upcoming hunting zone assignments.
The deer count could not be properly conducted due to timing. The vegetation has grown too thick to get an accurate count. Numbers seem to be low though as car crashes caused by deer have decreased. A count will have to be performed earlier next year to avoid thick vegetation.
The deer may be low, but that's not the case for other animals. There have been more bear sightings this year. Bears have also been producing larger liter sizes with some averaging four to five cubs. This is a large increase at a faster rate. With these numbers increasing it's important for residents to know bear safety. Russell Newman said, "There is a lot of information at town hall that will be sent out to those living in bear country".
Another population that seem to be flourishing this summer are beavers. There have been reports of a lot of beaver activity, but nothing severe. The only things the beaver have been seem to affecting is the Black River with their dams. Beavers are known to be aggresive animals so the committee is working on getting some type of sign to warn anyone in beaver territory.
Packages have been sent out and hunting zone assignments are coming soon. The Council wil look at zone requests and sort out over subscribed areas. Anyone who requested an oversubscribed area may have to go into a drawl. Popular areas like Tamarack have been reduced to how many people can be assigned due to new activity. Council members will go through each area, and everyone's primary and secondary request and use the "fairest method" possible to meet everyone's request. All paperwork is due by July 17.
The next wildlife meeting will be on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Following that will be the hunters meeting on the same day at 7:30 pm.