Mar 11, 2001
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N.J. court upholds cities' right to kill deer

By David Weinstein, Associated Press

TRENTON - The state law allowing municipalities to hire professional hunters to thin herds of deer is constitutional, an appeals court panel ruled.
Two animal-rights groups had filed lawsuits, calling the 2000 state law unconstitutional and cruel. The cases were consolidated by the three-judge panel, and both were dismissed in a ruling to be published Monday.

"We reject the claims of unconstitutionality raised in both appeals," the panel wrote. "We uphold the validity . . . and the implementing regulations."

The panel's decision bodes well for municipalities such as Princeton Township. It has hired a firm to kill deer each of the last two years, generating protests and legal challenges by animal-rights groups.

Lawyers for the township had filed briefs in support of the state. Princeton Township was not named as a defendant in these cases.

"This decision completely validates the township's program," said Trishka Waterbury, a township attorney. Officials said the growing deer population had become a danger to motorists and a nuisance to homeowners.

White Buffalo, a firm based in Hamden, Conn., was paid $150,000 to thin the herd in Princeton this year. It killed 303 deer in a hunt that ended Feb. 22.

Nielson Lewis, the attorney representing the Mercer County Deer Alliance, whose appeal was dismissed, said yesterday that the ruling was a surprise.


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Apr 4, 2002
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Well it's good and bad.
At least the people in charge didn't bow to the anti's lies and emotional smearing of facts. They know that hunting is the way to control the deer population. The problem is that the township is willing to pay the sharpshooters $500 PER deer. We (the bowhunters of NJ backed by the UBNJ) offered to do it for FREE. We would actually be bringing more revenue into the township but they didn't want it. We are still trying to get the hunt. Until we enlighten the right people I guess the township is willing to spend their money needlessly on deer instead of putting it back into the school system.
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