Barstaville sharp-shooters can start readying their hunting gear for the fourth annual Essex County deer hunt, which begins on Tuesday, January 18. This year’s season will take place over a six-week period, on Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 24th.
County Executive Joe DiVincenzo will be rolling out details later today on safety precautions and other steps being taken to preserve and restore the forest ecology in Essex County’s open spaces as well as enhance safety on the county roads.
According to the county web site, the three reservations will be closed to the public on the days the Deer Management Program is being conducted, to maximize safety.
County Executive Joe DiVincenzo said in a previous press conference, that while the hunt is a very controversial and emotional issue, reducing the number of deer is part of an ongoing initiative by the administration to preserve and restore the forest ecology in Essex County’s open spaces.
“It is a necessary step if we are going to preserve the forest habitat and maintain our reservations as viable resources for recreation and open space,” DiVincenzo said. “Over the last three years, we have removed 750 deer from our reservations, started a program to accelerate the growth of our forests and expanded a pilot program to reduce traffic accidents involving deer. The over abundance of deer affects all of our communities, and our program provides a comprehensive approach to address the problem.”
DiVincenzo noted that the program is beginning to yield positive results and that the county has updated their program to adapt to the changing conditions in each reservation.
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