Saddle River Votes on Referendum for Deer Problem
On the Nov. 8th voting day, Saddle River residents voted for 2 referendums on the town’s ongoing issue with the expanding deer population.
The referendum known as resolution R#130-16 “Resolution Authorizing Referendum Ballot Question Regarding Potential Deer Population Management Policies in the Borough of Saddle River” tried to gather the town’s opinion on the deer overpopulation and decide on next steps to address. The ballot had 2 yes or no questions that town voters could choose from. Both were favored on the vote.
The first question asked if the Borough of Saddle River should adopt a deer management policy with the use of NON-LETHAL methods, which passed 715 yes to 457 no.
The second question asked if the Borough of Saddle River should adopt a deer management policy with the use of LETHAL methods. This passed also on the count of 582 to 544. Lethal methods would include allowing licensed hunters to come onto private properties and shoot the deer.
Non-lethal would be on the ground vasectomies on the deer, which would be very difficult and costly for the town. Some Doctors have volunteered their time and resources for free to perform the vasectomies.
The town awaits the Town Council’s next steps moving forward.