New Jersey Bill Would Eliminate Landowner Consent for State Deer Management

New Jersey Senate Bill 2967 would prohibit the Fish and Game Council and Division of Fish and Wildlife from requiring written consent of private landowners in relation to “community-based deer management plans proposing alternative control methods” The bill’s terms state that for private lands located inside, or within two thousand feet of, a deer management area, no written consent could be required “in order for a law enforcement officer, an animal control officer, an agent thereof, or another authorized person to access or enter upon such private lands for the purposes of retrieving a deer darted for sterilization, or for other purposes associated with the authorized implementation of the deer management plan.” The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.