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.

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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