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September 22, 1999

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Al Ivany at 908-637-4125

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife and New Jersey Network (NJN) have received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the 1998 documentary "Deer Crossing." At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the film, produced cooperatively between the Division and NJN, took honors in the Outstanding Health and Science Program category. Approximately 500 people representing television stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region were in attendance.

"We are extremely proud of this production and the people who participated in making it. It stands as another reflection of the Division's commitment to educating New Jerseyans on the needs and issues surrounding wildlife today," said Division Director Bob McDowell.

The film explains the natural and historic perspective of the white-tailed deer in New Jersey and follows Division biologists through their yearly cycle of deer research.

Interviews with residents give local viewpoints and highlight the complexities of wildlife management in such an urbanized state. It was filmed entirely in New Jersey by NJN production staff with technical consultation provided by Division personnel. This is the second Emmy that the Division and NJN have received for their collaborative efforts. The first was presented in 1997 for the nationally acclaimed documentary "Bear Country, New Jersey."