WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough Council approved a shared services agreement between Woodland Park and the Township of Wayne for animal control services at its Dec. 20 meeting.

The agreement will have Wayne Township handle all of the mandated New Jersey State animal control service requirements, with the exception of deer removal, for a term of 10 years from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2027.

The borough will pay $29,000 for the first year with a 5% increase each year thereafter to Wayne Township.

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The Wayne Animal Control department can assist residents with animals at large, bites, wild animals, and any animal concerns, according to MaryAnn Orapello, Wayne Township health officer.

“We are here for resident assistance, and can also offer whatever information they need,” she said.

Wayne has full animal shelter services, with a facility at 201 Pompton Plains Crossroad (off Rt. 23, Jackson Road exit) that can house 19 dogs and about 100 cats. It does not euthanize for space reasons.

Animal control services are available to Woodland Park residents 24/7. While residents may call animal control directly at 973-694-9295 for assistance, they should call Woodland Park police if the situation is an emergency.

Visit the Wayne Animal Shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Adoptinwayne/.

Animal control services were previously provided by Bergen County Humane Enforcement, based in Cliffside Park, from March 1, 2014 to the present.


Deer removal from borough roads and land is currently being provided by Space Farms, a Wantage-based zoo and museum, at a cost of $45 per animal. The borough was previously $100 per animal under its former arrangement.

Neither Wayne Animal Control nor the Borough of Woodland Park will remove a deer carcass from private property.

To have a deer carcass taken away residents can contact one of the following private services, or any other you would prefer:

  • Space Farms, Sussex - 973-875-5800
  • Deer Carcass Removal Service (DCRS), Cream Ridge - 1-800-509-1420
  • N.J. Dead Animal Removal Services, Nutley - 973-801-9007

Note that a fee will be charged by whichever private service you choose to employ.

To have a dead animal or deer removed from Rifle Camp Rd., Lackawanna Ave., Squirrelwood Rd., McBride Ave., Browertown Rd. or Weasel Drift Rd., you need to call the Passaic County Road Dept. at 973-881-4500.

To have a deer carcass removed from US Route 46 or Interstate 80, call the N.J. Dept. of Transportation at 800-768-4653 or submit the NJDOT's online maintenance report form