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Deer Culling, Bow Hunting Review at March 8 Meeting

How city should address thinning deer herd is topic of Wednesday meeting.

Residents concerned with the overpopulation of deer in Avon Lake, and how to address the problem, can attend a special The Environmental Affairs Advisory Board (EAAB) meeting March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the

This is a different location than the last meeting, which discussed the

At this meeting, EAAB will be considering some draft legislation proposing a deer management program, including an active measure of attempting to reduce the size of the herd through a limited bow hunting program. EAAB will not be making any decisions at this time, but will listening to public comments on this issue. 

Currently bow hunting in Avon Lake is permitted on parcels of property 5 acres or more through a nuisance permit through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Permit seekers must prove the property has sustained profit loss agricultural damage. In 2011, only one permit was taken out in Avon Lake.

Rob James, council’s representative to the EAAB said residents will be welcome to provide suggestions and comments on if, or how, the current ordinance should be amended.

James said he did not know specifically what changes would be made.

“I think it is difficult to anticipate what changes EAAB may consider and recommend to City Council for further consideration,” James said. “Many of the comments that EAAB made to their proposal for a do not feed the deer ordinance came from the public meeting. I expect EAAB to thoughtfully consider any comments from the public as they review the language prior to forwarding the proposal to City Council, if they do in fact choose to forward the proposal.”

James said the point of the meeting will be to listen to comments. No action by the EAAB, a volunteer board of residents and industry representatives, will be taken at the meeting.

The board, which advises council, will be considering some draft legislation proposing a deer management program, including an active measure of attempting to reduce the size of the herd through a limited bow hunting program.

James said options for culling, including bow hunting, will be discussed and stressed that any proposals to council to amend the ordinance would focus on safety.

“If anything, I would expect EAAB to think about ensuring any proposal maximizes the safety of our residents,” James said.

The EAAB website offers the following documents (or see PDF):

EAAB Deer Management Proposed Ordinance Whereas Clauses

EAAB Deer Management Proposed Ordinance

Kathleen O'Brien Wilhelm March 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Start culling near American Legion on Walker Rd., Ohio Truck Plant, Lear Rd.--years ago Avon Lake was THE hunting area. Now, the deer have won! Disease, destruction, vehicle accidents and they need to be culled. This is NOT just an environmental problem with the destruction of parkland and resident's gardens, but deer are a safety concern that Avon Lake is responsible to correct quickly.
Andy Lembach March 06, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I would like the city to also consider deer trapping on all parcels of land. This would allow citizens with less than 5 acres but still effected by overpopulation to eliminate deer from their property. A trap would also prevent an arrow from wounding a deer and sending it running onto another persons property. Once a deer is trapped, it could be culled or relocated. It would be interesting to see if a relocation program could be established where the deer could be transported to private farms in Ohio.
Robert E. Folger March 22, 2012 at 01:29 AM
The city of Avon Lake should be held respnsible for the overdevelopment of forest land. Where do we expect the deer to go if we've bulldozed their homes? We are responsible for humanely trapping and relocating deer in Avon Lake to a safe environment. I am sorry that a deer ate your precious flowers; they are far more important than your garden, or your car (try out your headlights, they might work).
Kristi March 22, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Agreed Roger. We are forcing them out of their homes and into human-deer interaction and now want to kill them for doing exactly what we're forcing them to do. I cannot believe that someone would actually choose to kill deer over eaten flowers. They've eaten my tulips every spring since 2004 and I've never once thought they should be killed for it.
Kristi March 22, 2012 at 06:41 PM
A docile, gentle, uninjured deer. Or, a deer struck by a bow but not yet killed, panicked, injured, terrorized, bleeding, and running in any direction including out into the road and into our backyards where our chldren play. Which seems more dangerous? / A docile, gentle, uninjured deer. Or, some strange man, all dressed in camo, running around with a bow and arrow shooting at anything that snaps a twig in the woods. Which seems more dangerous?
Kristi March 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Most of the deer struck by arrows do not die right away. If the hunter doesn't locate it, which is often the case, it could take days, hours, or even weeks, depending on where they were hit. When it finally collapses and lies there dying or decomposing, it becomes a magnet for coyotes, racoons, etc. I would rather have the deer than the coyotes in my neighborhood.
Kristi March 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention, the deer could stumble into YOUR yard, collapse, die, and decompose. Then what? Who's responsible for coming to get it - the City? Or do those residents who want the deer killed willing to take care of it if the injured deer ends up in their yard?

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