Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Don't hunt deer in Saddle River

The Saddle River Environmental Commission recently held its first public presentation by the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Commission to share their deer management proposal. If adopted, this committee will overturn our town's no-hunting ordinance and proceed with killing the deer via a hunt. Hunting is a dangerous activity and has no place in a suburban neighborhood. And the objectives often are not met.

The New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Commission, funded by the sale of hunting licenses, has only one solution -- a lethal one -- that is focused on hunting and killing deer in our town. As supported in statements by Bob LaViano, the environmental committee chairman, this commission wants to use our town as a starting point to get hunting introduced into Bergen County.

I know too well the danger and damage the deer pose, but I am also aware of the alternatives for managing this problem. Towns near us have implemented a non-lethal program with success, and other towns in the tri-state area have tried a cull and declared it a failure. It has been well documented that a deer cull actually increases deer populations, necessitating ongoing hunting programs. Is this really what we want for our town?

A deer cull is an extremely divisive issue and can turn harmonious communities into a battlefield. Our elected politicians have a responsibility to the constituents they serve. It seems prudent and responsible to review all of the options available to address these issues before we make a decision on how to proceed.

Laurie O'Byrne

Saddle River, Oct. 2

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Regarding "Fear on Oregon campus turns to anger over more bloodshed" (Page A-1, Oct. 2):

Once again we are reminded of the toll taken by the easy availability of firearms by the headline. But these recurrent horrendous mass shootings on college campuses tell only a small part of the story.

The easy access to guns led to 21,175 suicides in 2013, the last year for which statistics are available.

As for homicides, there were 11,203 by guns in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Forbes, "More people now die by guns than by cars. …

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