Deer Fencing to be Allowed in Hopatcong

Council passes ordinance to allow installation of temporary mesh fencing.

Hopatcong will soon allow deer fencing.

The question is where?

The borough council voted to pass the first reading of an ordinance allowing the construction of temporary deer fencing at Wednesday night's meeting at the .

The fencing, defined by the ordinance as a "square-mesh or hexagonal mesh fence, with the mesh size of approximately 2" by 2", used to protect gardens, vegetation, and yards from deer or other wildlife," will come with rules, however.

First, it will only be allowed to be installed in rear and side yards, according to the fencing.


  • Can't exceed 8 feet in height
  • Must be constructed of a "polypropylene material or a metal core covered by polypropylene material."
  • Can't be "attached to trees and must be securely supported by posts or attached to existing fencing, and shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer specifications."
  • Must be "staked or secured at ground level and may not have caps or rails or other decorative or non-fencing material at its top edge."
  • Must be brown, black or green "to harmonize with surrounding landscape of the area."

The ordinance will soon be sent to the land-use board, which will determine if the borough should allow front-yard deer fencing.

What do you think of the proposed ordinance? Tell us in the comments.

Observer May 04, 2012 at 09:32 AM
I had no idea residents couldn't put up this type of deer fencing! Everyone needs it to save expensive plants & landscaping from being decimated by deer.
brian hickey May 04, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I thought all the portable garages were deer fences
BeachBum May 04, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Just as long as residents dont keep putting up BLUE TARPS in their yards
Observer May 04, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Camo tarps are the way to go. For a few extra "bucks" they do the same job and give your mobile home much curb appeal!
JenniferB May 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I had this up around my garden a couple of years ago. They chewed through it, pushed through it, ripped it and I had a baby deer get stuck in it after a herd ripped through it. Not worth the $$ to put it up.
JustMe May 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Too late, plants? what plants?
raging maniac May 04, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Whats the matter BLASTER you mad because they won't accept you EBT carb?
Michele Guttenberger May 04, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The fencing is just a speed bump to a hungry deer population. It only works if your neighbor doesn't have one. Once the whole neighborhood gets this fencing the deer will just gnaw away at the fencing. This is just a band-aid to a bigger problem. I believe for many the town has responded too late on the deer fencing issue. The real issue is what is Hopatcong doing to reduce the deer population. There was discussion on allowing bow hunting. I have not heard anything further on these discussions at the Town Meetings that I have attended. The answer to the problem is not going to be a pretty one and I am sure will become a political hot button for any politician to address and so we are stuck with the fencing - the deer speed bump solution.
Barbara R. Loring May 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Unless the council allows fencing on all four sides, fencing is useless. I have 4ft. fences all around my property. They just jump the fences. We must do something and fast.
Michele Guttenberger May 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Master Blaster - Yes you translated this dilemma here in your own very crude but factual way. There is no easy and political correct way to rid ourselves of the deer. As you pointed out Bow hunting is very impractical. Fencing does not eliminate the problem but controls it to a limited degree. I am not a fool, but bow hunting may be a foolish venture. I was not the one advocating it at the Town Meeting merely stating the discussion that took place since so few of us attend these town meetings and I do enjoy baking.
robert fentzlaff May 04, 2012 at 07:01 PM
controlled deer hunts are th eonly solution. there has to be some vacant land that they could bait deer to and shoot with archery equipment from an elivated stand?
Jim May 04, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Had deer fencing for 2 years now and it works perfect!
Observer May 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
How about government funded deer birth control? Oops, I forgot, we can't do that, this is a Repug town!
Suzanne Kabrt-Zinsli May 04, 2012 at 11:42 PM
En Garde, Rudolph!
KA706 May 05, 2012 at 03:22 AM
I think there are other eye sores in the yards of this town that have to be taken care of before the specifications of a deer fence...
Dave Beach May 07, 2012 at 11:48 AM
There are so many other things this town could spend their time on. It is really sad that the time at a meeting is wasted voting on the color of a deer fence.
Fed Up May 07, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I thought land use board & mayor and council was the same thing. Why waste time, just make it law.
Observer May 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I don't understand why sharp shooters couldn't be brought in to just take care of the problem. Announce the date so everyone would stay in their homes to further prevent the possibility of an accident. Or just shoot them with tranquilizing darts an then have them euthanized. Seems like another reasonable solution to the problem.
Christine Genarrio May 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM
The tranquilizing darts are a good idea and more humane in my opinion. I think it's a great suggestion. But it will never happen cause it costs them money. They would rather have people buy bow hunting licenses and kill the deer for them. This way they make money while they save it.
The Watcher September 17, 2012 at 01:34 AM
DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife presentation at Wednesday's council meeting


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