PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield City Council has approved a new deer management program that aims to enable natural regeneration of a hardwood forest, minimize damage to residential landscaping, and lower the number of deer-related motor vehicle accidents in neighborhoods near the Cushing Road Detention Basin.

Residents have experienced loss of their shrubs and gardens and are encountering large numbers of White-tailed Deer crossing roads near the retention basin in the city's southeast corner. An Oxford Street resident recently found 14 deer on her front lawn.

Deer have also over-browsed vegetation in the 15-acre retention basin, reducing plant diversity. 

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According to the resolution, the County of Union is willing to recruit and supervise licensed hunters who are members of the Oak Ridge Sportsmen’s Association to provide voluntary service to remove deer from the Cushing Road Detention Basin during the Winter Bow Season of January 1, 2018 to February 17, 2018.

Any deer harvested from the Cushing Road Detention Basin as a result of this program become the property and responsibility of the licensed hunters, and may be butchered for private consumption or as a donation to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program. In the 2016-2017 season, the program provided 81,080 meals to those in need, as reported by the NJDEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife.