Lyndhurst residents voice opposition to deer culling at city council meeting

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LYNDHURST - Emotions ran high in Lyndhurst, as the city's controversial deer culling method was debated during a regular city council meeting Monday night.

Dozens of people gathered to protest outside Lyndhurst City Hall.

"Our message is that Lyndhurst needs to stop trap and bolt," said Carrie Zerbian, organizer.

They are upset at the city's deer management program that has been in effect since February 1st.

"Trap and bolt through the brain of a deer should stop.  It's inhumane," said Allen Segal, protestor.

According to Mayor Patrick Ward, animal control specialists have managed to cull 10 deer so far.

"Look, if I believed the stories that are put out there on social media, I would be shocked as well.  But I know that the sensational stories, that isn't the equipment that our people are using.  There are a number of measurables, everything is time, everything is accounted for," said Mayor Ward.

The Mayor adds that deer culling doesn't happen on the weekends.

But resident after resident voiced their concern during the public comment period at the regular city council meeting Monday night.

"If you have to do it, do it in a humane way.  And then we go to step two, which is how do we prevent births?" said Segal.

The mayor says 20 is the target number for the end of the program, which ends March 31st.

"We are doing the best we can within the confines of our geography and our density.  We are wrestling with a problem that residents have told us for the past 10 years, exists," said Ward.

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