‘Tis the season. Reindeer may be practicing their flying skills for Christmas, but in Avon Lake, continues to take center stage.
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.