Neighbor Use of Deer Repellent Disgusts Other Neighbors

Issues with neighbors and the deer population.

The deer issue continues in Avon Lake and one owner has found his own way to deal with it. Much to my dismay my neighbor has found a deer repellent that smells like the dirtiest worst smelling dog you can imagine! He waits until we have company over to use this stuff. We will have a few guests over and will be enjoying our backyard. Right when our dinner is about to be served our wonderful new neighbor sneaks around his yard spraying this disgusting deer repellent around. The next thing we know  our guests are covering their noses and we have to go into the house or gag.

We don't have loud parties or lots of people over, never more than 10 and it is usually family. We are beginning to think this is being done to us on purpose!

We have a family of deer that lives in the woods behind us. We enjoy watching them and they never bother us. We are PRO deer on the deer issue.

This stuff seems irritating and toxic and makes it hard to breathe. Is deer repellent even legal in a suburban setting?

I would like to hear from the Patch readers  how they would approach this awkward situation?


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Jeff September 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Then why don't we bring back the deer's natural predators? After all, they were here before us too.
AMH September 17, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Totally agreed. Even my 8-year old understands this. They've cleared all the land adjacent to 90, NOTHING is going in there, and people are busy complaining about the deer. My son says, "it's cuz we tore down their homes!" Duh.
MZ September 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
David & AMH, you should start a petition to tear down houses and businesses and replace them with the original environment so the deer have nice homes to live in. I assume you both live in a house and not in a tent in the woods, so to show you really mean it, you could start with your houses. Or were you here before the deer? Perhaps that was a little mean. Maybe you are just suggesting that there should be no more houses or businesses built in the area ever again. If that is the case, then I fear it may be a little short sited and not go nearly far enough. There is already an overpopulation of deer. We can do nothing and let the poor deer cause accidents and/or starve to death, but those don’t seem like viable options. We could cull the deer, but who would want to kill Bambi? The only other thing I can think of is to reclaim the land for the deer by removing the humans, their houses, and their businesses. Come on, let’s get started!
David Brunner September 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM
MZ, I live in a 80 year old house, that has a 1200 sq ft imprint, I'm happy with that. I also live in a wooded area that see deer, squirrel, skunk, foxes, racoons, and other wild life, I'm happy with that too. What I'm not happy with is people who belittle others thoughts and concerns (and really, you think Bambi would live in Avon Lake???). I'm am not happy with the fact that a developer's greed can trump sustaining an eco-system that has been here long before any of us. Have you driven down the streets in Avon Lake and Avon in the last 10 years? Acres cleared in the hopes of turning a profit for homes that sit empty and buildings that remain half occupied. Homes have gone from being a safe and reliable source of security for families to a commodity to be bought and sold for profit only. I think it's irresponsible, and 'culling the deer' just shows a total lack of understanding and consideration for the problem at hand.
MZ September 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
After reading your posts multiple times I am not sure you have offered any solutions. You have told all of us what you like, and what you don't like, and thanks for that, but not what you would suggest we should so. We can do nothing, we can re-claim the eco-system for the deer, or we can manage the deer population via. a cull. There may be other suggestions and I am for considering them as well. I would assume that since you are not happy with how things currently are that option 1, doing nothing doesn't appeal to you. You stated somewhat clearly that culling the deer isn't an appropriate option. That leaves re-claiming the eco-system for the deer. You don't seem willing to start with your house, so perhaps you can identify where we should start. A few other notes. I would imagine your house was also built for a profit (may not be the case, but likely). I have seen many Bambis in Avon Lake. I had one sneaky little Bambi bed down in my garage, and then cause quite the ruckus when I politely asked her to leave. I have also bought and sold several houses, some even older than 80 for a profit. I don’t think it was irresponsible of me to do that. You do realize I am sure, that no matter where you live in this great land of ours, it was once an untouched eco-system. This is not exclusive to Avon Lake.


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