Welcome to New Jersey! The land where we pump fists, not gas. Where you go to the shore, not the beach. And where the deer are more populous than the people...or so it feels.

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We drive, things happen. Here are the TOP 13 Counties in New Jersey that literally are being taken over by dead deer on our roadways...
according to nj.com

 

  • 1

    Monmouth County

    Belmar, Longbranch, Rumson, and more in Monmouth County make up for the most dead deer picked up along the state roadways in a single county in 2016.  999 deer carcasses were collected, which is 18 more than in 2015.

  • 2

    Hunterdon County

    Hunterdon County is made up of towns like Flemington, Clinton, and Lambertville, where 933 deer carcasses were collected in 2016. In 2015, the number was 67 less.

  • 3

    Somerset County

    Many townships like Bridgewater and Franklin make up Somerset County. The Department of Transportation picked up 810 deer during 2016. That’s 35 more than the collected amount in 2015.

  • 4

    Morris County

    Mt. Olive, Madison, Dover, Morristown and Parsippany-Troy Hills take over most of Morris County where 686 dead deer were picked up in 2016.  That's 82 more than 2015.

  • 5

    Mercer County

    Mercer County, the home of Princeton, Trenton and many more distinguished NJ towns, saw 566 deer bodies carried away by the state in 2016, up 107 from 2015.

  • 6

    Middlesex County

    In 2016, 479 deer were picked up along the state roads in Middlesex County, home of New Brunswick, Edison, Woodbridge and many more. That’s 93 more than 2015.

  • 7

    Warren County

    Hackettstown home in Warren County is another of the state’s most rural areas and deer there, too, are plentiful. During 2016, 439 dead deer were picked up along state roads. However, That’s down by 30, compared to the 469 deer that were collected in 2015.

  • 8

    Sussex County

    Where the town of Vernon lies in rural Sussex County in the northwestern corner of the state, so do the deer... 374 dead deer where removed from its roads. That’s 20 more than were collected from the roads there in 2015.

  • 9

    Bergen County

    Deer are also plentiful in Bergen County where you'll also find the towns of Paramus, Hackensack and Ridgewood. The number of dead ones collected back up that fact. In 2016, 308 deer carcasses were picked up. That’s 43 more than were removed in 2015.

  • 10

    Ocean County

    Toms River, Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor Township and Point Pleasant are a few towns of Ocean County that make up for the 249 dead deer along the roadways of the state.  That number is 80 greater than the 169 collected in 2015 on those same roads.

  • 11

    Burlington County

    Though many towns start with "M" in Burlington County: Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Maple Shade, Medford... They do have a "D" and that stands for DEER. Department of Transportation picked up 153 deer in Burlington County. That number is 46 more than 2015.

  • 12

    Passaic County

    The state picked up 120 dead deer from the roadways of Wayne, Patterson, Clifton and more in Passaic County. That number is just two more than the 118 collected in 2015.

  • 13

    Camden County

    While many think of Camden County as a mostly urban area, there are many rural sections like Cherry Hill, Camden, Haddonfield and Winslow that bring deer. In 2016, the New Jersey Department of Transportation says 83 deer were collected from Camden County roadways, five less than what was picked up in 2015.