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Posted on: January 8, 2020

Essex County Deer Management Program

South Mountain Reservation

Essex County will hold its annual Deer Management Program in January, February and March on Tuesdays in South Mountain Reservation and Thursdays in Hilltop Reservation.

South Mountain Reservation and all parking areas and walking paths inside the reservation will be closed to the public on Tuesdays, January 14, 21 and 28 and February 4, 11 and 18 during the deer cull. Hilltop Reservation will be closed on Thursdays, January 16, 23 and 30 and February 6, 13 and 20. The program will not be held in Eagle Rock Reservation this year.

The program is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of wild deer in the area.

Make up days are scheduled for Tuesdays, February 25 and March 3 and Thursdays, February 27 and March 5 if any previous dates are canceled.

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Dates and information on Deer Management 2020 Program

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