‘Tis the season. Reindeer may be practicing their flying skills for Christmas, but in Avon Lake, the question of deer overpopulation continues to take center stage.
Avon Lake Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch, who is completing a deer count in the city, said the city can support a healthy herd of 40 deer. She recently estimated there are more than 200 deer living in Avon Lake; too many to maintain a healthy deer population.
Fenderbosch said she would like to see the option of bow hunting explored to keep the deer population under control. At a recent Environmental Committee meeting she said hunting would require a marksmanship test to receive a permit. Huntint would be permited during hunting season only properties that quality per ODNR regulations. (Currently, only 11 properties in Avon Lake meet the 5+ acre, agriculturally zoned criteria.) Property owners would need to give consent to allow hunting.
We’re asking the public: Do you support bow hunting to thin the herd in Avon Lake? Currently hunting of any sort within city limits. Take our poll. Your vote is confidential.
Editor's note: The photo accompanying this article was taken in the Kopf Reservation which is not an acceptable property for hunting. The photo is for illustration purposes only.