Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The Morris County government last year spent $93,074 in its shared service program of removing deer carcasses from county and municipal roads, nearly $5,000 less than was spent in 2008.

According to Stephen W. Hammond, director of the Morris County Department of Public Works, 1,634 deer carcasses were removed from county and municipal roads last year, four more than were picked up in 2008 when the total cost was $97,800. However, a new firm hired by the county in July is charging $54.50 per carcass compared with the $60 per carcass fee that had been charged by a previous company.

Under the contract, the new firm, D & R Animal Recovery of Long Valley, removes dead deer from both county and local roads in the county at no cost to the towns.

The Morris County Board of Freeholders in 2006 decided to assume the cost of carcass removal when the New Jersey Department of Transportation transferred that responsibility to towns and counties. Under the county program, each town is responsible for reporting deer carcasses on local and county roads within its municipality directly to the company.

Figures show Washington Township, which has had more dead deer removed than any other Morris community since the program began, again led the way with a total of 230deer carcasses picked up last year, followed by Randolph with 170, Morris Township with 107 and Chester Township with 104.