ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County is providing additional funding for deer carcass removal services following a spike in deer roadway deaths. A total of 517 deer have been removed from roadways in the county between February 2018 and September of this year, according to Ron Zuber, the county’s Parks and Recreation Director.
At its Sept. 26 meeting, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders allocated an additional $15,000 toward a two-year contract with Deer Carcass Removal Services, LLC, bringing the total amount to $54,000.
“In the last two years, up until September 1 of this year, these are deer that were picked up off the roads in Union County, the number is 517,” Zuber said. “That’s why we’re coming for an amendment, because there’s a lot more deer being hit by vehicles.”
“This contract ends in February, and we’re going to need this $15,000 to make it through February,” he added.
The county has had a contract with Deer Carcass Removal Services since 2015, Freeholder Angel Estrada said. Zuber says the contract will likely be renewed, due to a lack of other deer removers in the area.
“This is pretty much the guy,” Zuber said. “There’s not a lot of companies that do this.”
Zuber encourages anyone who encounters a deer carcass on a roadway to call either their local police department or the county’s Parks and Recreation department.
Zuber clarified that the deer removal has nothing to do with the county’s upcoming deer hunt, scheduled to begin October 1. “The carcass removal has nothing to do with the deer hunt, only that it tells us where a lot of these deer are hanging out,” Zuber said.
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