Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

As part of its White-tailed Deer Management Program, the Morris County Park Commission will be conducting a controlled deer hunt in several county parks.

The program aims to reduce the threats posed to native flora and fauna by an overabundant deer population.

The controlled hunts are specifically used as a population management tool and do not represent recreational hunting opportunities.

The following parks will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on the specified dates listed and will only be opened to hunters with access permits. Hunting is prohibited at all other times.

Mount Hope Historical County Park in Rockaway Township on Dec. 17, 18 and 19;

Black River County Park – Cooper Mill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township on Dec. 4, 10, 11, 18, Jan. 15, 22, 29, 2009 and Feb. 5, 11, 2009;

Schooley’s Mountain County Park in Washington Township on Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan. 15, 22, 29, 2009 and Feb. 5, 11, 2009;

Lewis Morris County Park in Harding, Mendham, and Morris townships on Dec. 3, 10, 17, Jan. 14, 21, 28, 2009 and Feb. 4, 11, 2009 until noon;

Loantaka Brook Reservation in Chatham, Harding and Morris townships, Section 1: Kitchell Road to Loantaka Way on Dec. 10, 11, Jan. 7, 8, 2009, Feb. 4, 5, 2009; Section 2: Loantaka Way to Green Village Road on Dec. 17, 18, Jan. 14, 15, 2009, Feb. 18, 19, 2009;

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Turkey Mountain only in Kinnelon and Montville on Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan. 13, 20, 27, 2009, Feb. 3, 10, 2009.

Additional information about the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program may be obtained by calling 973-326-7622.