"Deer Management" is once again on the City Council agenda for "discussion". There is a perception among voters/residents that once an item appears publically, its fate has already been decided behind closed doors. We certainly hope this is not the case and that Plainfield will not endorse this violence again.
Where is this coming from? Is it the swan song of an outgoing council person who vowed to bring another kill back? Is it support of the County for political reasons? Is it complaints that can
otherwise be handled without killing?
Killing has done nothing but provide hunters with municipal lands to bait and kill, while taxpayers cover their costs. Remember, this is not a hunt, or sport, it is a kill. Scapegoating deer is a failed attempt to give residents the impression of action.
One only needs to look at Union County's own statistics. In 1994, Dan Bernier, then chief of UC park operations, introduced sharpshooters to Watchung Reservation to 'thin the herd'. Since then he has built, at taxpayer cost, an extensive program of 'hunting' in Union County that involves multiple locations and has been extended to nearly six months of deer killing.
In 2017 our own City Council gave Union County the Cushing Road Retention Basin to be used for killing fields despite public outcry.
'Thinning the herd' is a carefully scripted method of ensuring stock for the next hunting season while feeding residents unsubstantiated sound bites as justification. "Management" of human behavior is the only guarantee of permanent success.
In these 25 years, nothing has been achieved except to divide communities and increase taxes. Freeholders unanimously support this failed experiment every year, backing their colleagues and job
security while ignoring the voice of the people. After 25 years, Bernier's own statistics show increase in numbers of deer who live in the woods! Imagine that.
Meanwhile, we continue to tear down and build up and pave over.
Only responsible development, enforcement of speed limits, and support of a community who recognizes the value of living in harmony with all beings will guarantee a viable solution.
Plainfield was recently in the news not for its achievements but for the brutal killing of a baby raccoon who was trapped and set on fire, afterwards her mother attempted to get the baby out of the trap. The
person who committed this heinous act is still in our community. Please don't let Plainfield show that it endorses violence in any form.