Ohio Deer News

Kill Order Put on Deer on Belmont County August 29, 2015 Ohio, The Intelligencer
...  the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered that a tame deer in
Stewartsville be killed.  
Jodi Proger has owned her pet deer, Wheezer, for two years, and she says in all that time she has never heard a complaint about the animal from neighbors.  "He's basically like a big dog," ...
     Ohio Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Deer August 28, 2015 Ohio, fox45now.com
... Jodi Proger says Wheezer's mother had been hit by a car. She's had him now for two years... Proger has started an online petition to keep Wheezer ...
     Woman campaigns to save pet deer from ODNR August 28, 2015 Ohio, Dayton Daily News
A campaign to save an Ohio woman’s pet deer is quickly gaining attention online. Jodi Proger took to Facebook after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) visited her home on Wednesday. …

...  regulations would apply within surveillance areas:   Required submission of harvested deer carcasses to inspection stations for examination and sampling during the deer gun and muzzleloading seasons. Prohibition of the use of feeds, baiting or attractants for deer or hunting with the aid of such materials...

... More than 100 employees and volunteers gathered Aug. 24 to participate in the deer sweep, forming teams to cover the entire area of the arboretum’s enclosed section. It took about an hour and a half and resulted in the removal of three deer — one doe, one buck and one fawn ... Any remaining deer within the enclosure still have the opportunity to jump out through a deer gate...
     Deer roundup evicts plant-eating interlopers from Holden Arboretum's gardens August 25, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Holden Arboretum ... a five-mile long, eight-foot tall deer-proof fence to protect the 233-acre central core gardens... "We're fencing them out so we don't have to shoot them." ... The $400,000 deer fence ... designed to replace the biannual erecting and tearing down of miles of temporary fencing around new trees ...

Deer disease at core of proposed rules August 23, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The Ohio Division of Wildlife is seeking the right to establish “disease surveillance areas” at the discretion of the chief when chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in wild or captive deer...

... The first zone would cover parts of Homes and Wayne counties where two captive deer tested positive last October at World Class Whitetails, a deer farm and high-fence hunting operation.  Triggering the proposal were 17 additional deer testing positive for CWD in June after the World Class Whitetails herd of approximately 300 deer was euthanized...

Avon Lake mulling sharpshooters this winter; goal is 80 deer August 19, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... Deer culling will continue this winter after the city receives its final approval of a 10-year deer management plan through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources... Deer are also destroying landscaping and flowers on land throughout the city ...

Officer shoots deer in front of Middleburg Heights church August 17, 2015 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... The officer responded to the church after a young deer collapsed on the front lawn with an injured leg... In a letter to the city, the woman said she and her daughter are traumatized by what happened... the officer also did not turn on his body camera ...
     Police officer who shot deer disciplined but NOT for shooting deer August 26, 2015 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... The disciplinary action is not because Officer Joseph Kaetzel shot the deer, which is consistent with department policy. Rather, Middleburg Heights Police Chief John Maddox said the punishment stems from his behavior toward a resident and her 11-year-old daughter...

Illegal deer shippers sentenced August 8, 2015 Ohio, Limaohio.com
... Wainwright Sr. placed federal identification tags from a certified deer that had previously died into the ear of uncertified deer they were selling... around the United States...  Deer herds involved with these shipments were not certified to be free from chronic wasting disease (CWD), tuberculosis and brucellosis...



Archery hunt aimed at managing herd August 4, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Metroparks of the Toledo Area has opened the application process for archery permits to harvest white-tailed deer on certain properties ... The program, now in its third year ...

... , the co-conspirators trafficked in live white-tailed deer.  Wainwright Sr. owned hunting preserves in Logan County, Ohio, and Live Oak, Florida; both preserves were named Valley View Whitetails.  Wainwright Jr. was part-time resident and part-time operator of the site in Ohio...
Second man sentenced in illegal deer-transport case August 3, 2015 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... The curious sight of deer antlers and deer noses visible through the vents of a cargo trailer on I-71 in 2010 kicked off an investigation ... a $125,000 fine and have a letter published in the Deer Breeders’ Gazette detailing his illegal activities ...

... With new totals in from the World Class Whitetails of Ohio's depopulation, the Division of Wildlife now wants to sample wild deer in a three-mile circle of owner Daniel Yoder's breeding pen to see if Chronic Wasting Disease has spread into the wild herd.  Nearly 500 deer were killed at Yoder's preserve ...

...  A former part-time Ohio resident accused of helping his father in a conspiracy to illegally sell, transport, and falsely label untested white-tailed deer for the purpose of deer breeding in other states has been sentenced to three years federal probation... ordered to pay a $1,000 fine ...

... When flowers planted by Girl Scouts in planter boxes at the Brookside Bike Trail/Covered Bridge kept turning up missing, the city thought deer were to blame.
But video surveillance proved otherwise — a Sheffield Lake resident was stealing the flowers to plant in her own yard ...

... Nearly 500 deer were killed at Yoder's preserve and breeding pen this summer, and each one of them was checked to see if it had become infected with CWD ... Up until last fall, CWD had never been found in any wild or farm-raised deer in Ohio, but the first case was documented last October at Yoder's World Class Whitetails of Ohio hunting preserve....

... The genetics firm sued the deer farming company and Curt Waldvogel alleging unreasonable restraint of trade and interference with contractual relationships...  Gourley’s attorney, Thomas Devine, said Advanced Genetics abided by that agreement, and then Curt Waldvogel set the market price at $10,000 for specimens ...

Ottawa Hills, Deer hunt in Ottawa Hills goes to ballot July 23, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... a chance to vote in November to change the municipal code and allow a controlled bow hunt to cull the deer population... a 2009 aerial census, 82 deer were spotted in the 2.5-square-mile village ... 

Clifton, Cosmetic Surgery in Clifton July 21, 2015 Ohio
... a motivation for the urban deer sterilization program proposed in Clifton is that "Experts recommend a density between 15 – 20 deer per square mile, which can sustain a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat." [cliftondeer.org]  You can find an expert recommendation for ecologically acceptable suburban deer densities ranging from 5 to 100 deer per square mile. Examples  The state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat, a little higher than the current estimate for Clifton, and a recent U.S. Forest Service study put the optimal deer density at about 15 to 28 per square mile for a forest.  A suburb can support more deer than the typical forest.  While this project may provide answers to questions about the efficacy of deer sterilization in a relatively open environment, wrapping the project up in the flag of ecology is a disservice to legitimate ecological issues related to deer management.  This project is about the social carrying capacity, not the ecologic carrying capacity of the community. This report from the Michigan DNR [PDF] discusses the difference between ecologic and social carrying capacity starting on page 7.

Nonlethal program to target burgeoning Clifton deer population July 18, 2015 Ohio, WCPO
... White Buffalo Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that conducts research programs focused on wildlife, will spearhead a weeklong effort to sterilize at least 40 female deer ...

Metro Parks announces lottery for bow hunting to be July 24 July 17, 2015 Ohio, Twinsburg Bulletin
... hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in more than 20 selected areas ... Lottery winners will be notified by email ...

... Trooper's leg was sliced off in a hay cutting accident, and it was Carol who nursed the young fawn back to health. Even while battling cancer, Carol spent her last days fighting to save the lives of animals the State, through it's laws, would not rehabilitate or release, but would kill... Current ODNR procedure is explained in the Support Trooper's Law petition ...

Deer rehabilitation advocates meet with ODNR leaders July 14, 2015 Martins Ferry Times Leader
... Members of the local group Compassionate Ohio, which advocates for the re-opening of deer rehabilitation facilities and sanctuaries, met with leaders of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently to discuss their goals ... One item that differs from before 2009 is the amount of time rehabbers can keep fawns - the limit is now 72 hours, which was agreed upon at the behest of many rehabilitators. Before, fawns were often kept for months...

Ottawa Hills approves plan to help residents keep deer away July 6, 2015 Ohio, 13abc
...  heftier fines for residents who violate the deer feeding ban...  the controversial idea of a controlled bow hunt has yet to be decided...

... Options on the table include: killing deer, sterilizing them and giving them birth control, North Royalton Law Director Thomas Kelly said.  The cities plan to put a regional plan on the municipal ballots next spring...

... The Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association tried to force the state to take the lead on managing deer ... Instead ODNR will instead give the cities direction on how to best control the deer population ...

Ohio, Michigan both battle CWD threat June 28, 2015 Toledo Blade
... This highly contagious and fatal disease wrings the life out of the animal on its way to destroying the brain... Deer with the advanced stage of CWD will exhibit bizarre behavior by losing their fear of man, and they will often display awkward head movements and tremors as they waste away.  The most recent flash point in Ohio on the CWD front occurred in Holmes County, where a private, fenced trophy deer hunting operation ...

... Trooper's Bill for Deer Sanctuary and Rehabilitation has been filed and has been assigned a number! It is HB267, sponsored by District #68 Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl...

Decision for the White-Tailed Deer Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio June 23, 2015
... The selected action will utilize an adaptive management strategy. Under the selected action, the NPS will continue current park deer management actions including: Research, monitoring, and data management; protection of restoration plantings; education and coordination; and enforcement of the existing wildlife feeding ban. In addition, the NPS will incorporate a combination of lethal and nonlethal actions to address high deer density. Lethal actions (including sharpshooting, with very limited capture/euthanasia if necessary) will be taken initially to reduce deer densities quickly. It is anticipated that in years one
through four, 335 deer will be removed by sharpshooting ...

Ohio kills 510 deer for disease concerns June 17, 2015 Cincinnati 
... The deer were owned by Daniel Yoder, who was arrested in Holmes County in February on two counts of tampering with evidence — a third-degree felony — related to an investigation into how chronic wasting disease came to his property and spread...

Ottawa Hills, Petition to put Ottawa Hills deer cull on November's ballet moves forward June 16, 2015 Ohio, Toledo News Now
...   on the ballot in November ... In 2010, a referendum was put on the ballot to keep a deer cull from happening... 

Lottery for Summit Metro Parks bow hunting June 17, 2015 Ohio, Twinsburg Bulletin
... Through seven previous seasons of the archery program, participants have taken a total of 572 deer...

Avon Lake adds deer sharpshooting site June 11, Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... “When (the sharpshooters) do some significant baiting for a month or two, we’re going to attract the deer on the west side,” ... Cost is one factor influencing city officials’ decision to use lethal force ... Another factor is that sterilized deer live longer than non-sterilized deer [said Ward 2 Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch.  There is no data to support this assertion.  See research on the use of sterilization in San Jose, CA.  About a 20 percent reduction in the deer population in each of the first two years of the study]

South Euclid Council to discuss ... deer study June 8, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer ·
... a December infrared airplane survey that counted 12 deer per square mile. Eight east-side suburbs split the $54,000 cost of the study ... [low deer density]

... Establish a wildlife management program, which would offer suggestions on how to keep deer off of and away from residential properties.  Crack down on deer feeding...  a controlled bow hunt ... "Culling deer causes a rebound effect and more deer will populate," ... Read the full report from the Wildlife Management Task Force [PDF] ...

Readers sound off on best ways to keep deer off their lawns June 2, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... plant flowers and plants that are deer resistant ... goldenrod, black-eyed Susan, blazing star, wild quinine, smooth penstemon, lavender hyssop, cream false indigo, bearberry, butterfly weed, lanceleaf coreopsis, marigolds, cosmos, daffodils and iris...


North Olmsted considers allowing sharpshooters, bow hunters to kill deer May 28, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Residents turned out at a public hearing in October to argue against allowing residents to bow hunt on private property. Now, with the encouragement of City Council, Glauner came back Tuesday with amended legislation that would allow police sharpshooters ...

Avon Lake plans no deer culling over the summer May 22, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Earlier this year, city-hired sharpshooters and bow hunters killed 19 deer ... Those against the deer population maintain the animals eat their gardens and destroy shrubbery and cause car accidents...

Avon Lake looks to expand deer culling May 20, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... USDA sharpshooters killed 16 deer at Weiss Field and volunteer archers killed three deer ...  15 were found to be pregnant ...  $8,557 for sharpshooting services, storage of killed deer and processing of venison. [$450 per deer including the archers]

... A southern Ohio lawmaker has reintroduced a measure into the Ohio General Assembly that would allow an individual on active military duty, while on leave or furlough, to hunt deer or wild turkey without procuring a deer or wild turkey permit...

Roadkill doesn't just disappear... May 13, 2015 Ohio, Athens NEWS
... deer are the most common animal he picks up off the side of the road, but that he regularly picks up dogs, cats, coyotes, foxes and other smaller animals too ... rarer or more protected species' carcasses are picked up by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources... On rare occasion, the animals are still alive on the side of the road after being hit by a car...

Deer activity up, drive carefully May 9, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati 
... New deer births in the Spring cause deer to be more active ...  most car accidents involving deer do occur in November and December ...

... The procedure, which is reportedly less invasive than spaying of cats and dogs, permanently prevents pregnancy and estrus cycles in does... Feinberg sees fewer fawns and neighbor complaints about browsing significantly dropped. According to Feinberg, does that are not pregnant or lactating require less food. She also says there are very few new deer coming into the area because the sterilized does continue to maintain their home ranges...

Compassionate Ohio seeks fawn rehab centers May 8, 2015 Ohio, Times-Leader 
... group is keeping its mission to provide rehabilitation for Ohio's fawns going well into the spring season. Members of Compassionate Ohio, a group formed after a tame deer, Bucky, was killed last summer in Clarington ...

Avon Lake, Costs of Avon Lake deer cull less than expected May 7, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... an initial service agreement with the USDA to spend up to $15,960 for sharpshooting services, but the actual cost came in at $8,557 for the 19 deer that were killed ...  more than $450 per deer ... A total of 696 pounds of venison was donated ... roughly $12 per pound...

Oh deer! A warning for NE Ohio drivers May 5, 2015 Ohio, 19 Action News
... white-tailed deer movement is expected to rise in May and June. ... "As white-tailed does are preparing to give birth to fawns, their year-old offspring are scattering to find their own territories, sometimes entering areas they wouldn't normally," ... 

... Wildlife officers killed the three deer that escaped ... The officers didn’t need to shoot the deer, Morrow said, because they were right across the street from his home. His immediate neighbors are familiar with his animals getting out and said he doesn’t believe his deer carry any diseases...

Deer Hunting Changes April 24, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... from the stance of our current situation, eliminating the antlerless only tag is the best hope for quickly strengthening the numbers of our overall herd... because a single buck will mate many does ...

Another case of CWD found April 23, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... a second captive deer herd after tests on a dead white-tailed deer from one of Daniel Yoder’s two breeding farms was confirmed positive for contagious fatal chronic wasting disease... , a Holmes County judge ruled there was enough evidence presented at a preliminary hearing Feb. 18 to have a grand jury review criminal charges filed against Yoder...

Ottawa Hills, Voices heard on deer issue in Ottawa Hills April 21, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
...  fifth and final public meeting ... The task force plans to submit recommendations to Village Council in about a month...

... Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting proposals prepared by ODNR Division of Wildlife ... Reduce bag limits in most counties, and remove antlerless permits in all but 10 counties. No county had a bag limit increase...  Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six ...

... City officials made that decision after an aerial count found six deer per square mile in Cleveland Heights, the lowest count among eight east-side communities that took part in the survey... Pepper Pike, which had the most deer, 37 per square mile, among the eight communities, has already announced that it will start a culling program ...

Shaker Heights appoints task force to address deer population April 13, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Leiken appointed the task force as a response to a recent aerial count of deer .... Davis Aviation, using an infrared camera, spotted a total of 693 deer in those cities... Shaker Heights -- although the survey found it had the second-lowest number of deer among the eight communities -- needs to take action because residents are increasingly complaining about deer eating their plants and flowers ...

Ohio Wildlife Council approves 2015-2016 Hunting Regulations April 11, 2015 The Morrow County Sentinel
... Deer regulations have been trending toward reduced bag limits and restricted use of antlerless permits in recent years... Deer population goals will be revised this summer through a random survey of hunters and landowners. Participants in the survey will have the opportunity to provide input about the future of deer management in Ohio...

White tail deer bag limits decreased by OWC April 10, 2015 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum 
...  A reduction in white-tailed deer bag limits and antlerless permit use during the 2015-2016 hunting seasons were among regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council ... Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six...

Deer season proposals change once again April 9, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... To appease Ohio’s sportsmen, the Ohio Division of Wildlife has once again rearranged its deer-hunting proposals ....  Gone is any mid-October gun season, either for youths or for those sportsmen and women devoted to muzzleloading guns if the Ohio Wildlife Council approves of such changes...

...  major changes in the Ohio deer hunting seasons after complaints from sportsmen around the state that the herd had been over-harvested ...

Cleveland Metroparks culling claims 405 deer April 8, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... ' 2015 deer-culling program is over, having taken 405 deer ... Last year the Metroparks took 287 deer ...  there appears to be a growing consensus among public officials in favor of using lethal means to manage deer populations...

North Olmsted considers sharpshooters to kill deer, after count finds 241 in city   April 4, 215 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... The survey showed an average of 20.6 deer per square mile. [commonly considered to be a healthy deer density] ... The city may consider using sharpshooters to kill deer ... "I think the most important thing is to have the discussion," ...

Avon Lake, Deer moving out of Avon Lake? The latest low count has mayor skeptical April 3, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... A count of deer in Avon Lake done by helicopter on March 8 showed 139, a figure adjusted to 178 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ... In 2013, the first helicopter survey came up with an adjusted of 196 deer. In 2014, there were 221... The deer killing programs are controversial, dividing the town... the city will have spent about $6,000 to kill 20 deer...

Second Ohio white-tailed deer tests positive for deadly brain disease April 1, 2015 cleveland.com
... The first positive test ever for CWD in Ohio was from a deer killed Oct. 22 at Yoder's hunting preserve, World Class Whitetails. The second positive result came a few days ago while testing another Yoder deer that had died...

Ottawa Hills, Oh, deer March 30, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Ottawa Hills has a wildlife management task force that is looking at culling as well as nonlethal methods to address complaints from residents. The task force appears to be leaning toward culling ... Some communities in other states have successfully managed invasive deer populations by growing unappealing plants and encouraging widespread fencing. Before Ottawa Hills turns to shooting, these strategies are worth close examination...

Public input leads to possible changes with deer hunting March 29, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The juggling of the muzzleloader, gun and youth seasons might seem significant in terms of their impact on hunters. The impact in terms of managing Ohio’s deer population, however, should be close to zero, said wildlife biologist Mike Tonkovich, the division’s deer project leader.  “There’s no biology involved,”...

... As part of the plan, night-vision-equipped sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will kill deer that have been lured onto city property near a wooded area that has been cordoned off ... a homeowners' association can also kill deer on their own property by applying for a deer-damage permit from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, which inspects the property and decides if deer are damaging plants or gardens ...

... An aerial survey of eight east-side Cleveland suburbs found as many as 37 deer per square mile and 693 total. [the state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat] ... options for lethal control are slim, given the density of people and houses in the inner-ring suburbs...

Pepper Pike announces deer culling program, after aerial survey March 26, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... an aerial survey that shows the city is home to 37 deer per square mile... Pepper Pike plans to use archers to kill deer, and only on private properties where owners allow it. The city used a captive bolt gun to cull deer years ago, but halted the program when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources outlawed the method...

Ottawa Hills, Village panel considering all options to control deer March 23, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
... “We put together a standards subcommittee and found that the standard should be between 15 and 20 and we heard that from the nature conservancy that that is a healthy amount of deer,”  [U.S. Forest Service research puts an optimal at 15 to 28 for a forest, a suburban area can support more deer] ... Village councilmen had voted in late 2009 to hire a firm that specializes in selective deer-killing to thin the deer population...  However, opponents gathered enough signatures to place the matter on the November, 2010, ballot...

Ohio hunting regulation proposals amended March 23, 2015 Ohio's Country Journal 
...  The newly proposed dates ... are Jan. 9-12. Comments about these seasons as initially proposed showed that a season the day after Christmas caused conflict with family and travel plans...

Prison ahead for illegal deer trafficker March 22, 2015 Ohio, Great Lakes Echo
... a 21-month prison term and a $125,000 fine... 12 charges in connection with his Valley View Whitetails breeding and high-fence hunting ranches in West Liberty, Ohio, and Live Oak, Florida ...

The cat-deer connection also affects humans March 22, 2015 Ohio, Goerie 
... peer-reviewed study published in the journal Eco-Health found that a large percentage of white-tailed deer in the Cleveland area is infected with toxoplasmosis ... When one animal, say a human, eats an animal, say a deer, which has tissue cysts, and tissue which contains the cysts is eaten, the human becomes infected.  Ironically, it is very unlikely that a person would be infected from a cat ...

... Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen joked that he was advising local deer that there are openings for nine transfers into Avon Lake, since the city killed nine deer in Weiss Park last week.  
"None wanted to take us up on it ...

Ottawa Hills, Deer debate continues in Ottawa Hills March 16, 2015 Ohio, 13abc 
... using hunters in Ottawa Hills was met with some strong opposition...  the village turned down hunting in the village 5 years ago ...

Drone use in hunting is illegal in Ohio March 16, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News 
...  flying a drone over a woodlot to search for deer the day before a hunt is legal. But flying that drone over the woodlot to spot and intercept deer while hunting would be illegal...

Avon Lake, Initial deer cull at eight in Avon Lake March 14, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... The city’s first culling operation at Weiss Field on Thursday night resulted in sharpshooters killing eight deer...

Avon Lake, Deer culling begins at Weiss Field in Avon Lake March 13, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Two sharpshooters, who the city paid the U.S. Department of Agriculture $15,960 for ... they will shoot at Weiss Field and the city landfill on weekdays in the evening until the 20 deer tags he provided are reached... [$798 per deer]

Avon Lake, Deer culling draws controversy in Avon Lake March 13, 2015 Ohio, 19 Action News
... if it's not a problem for us, why is it a problem for everyone else?" asked Herb Iglinski, who lives across the street from the city park at Weiss Field... "They haven't given a chance to doing something else, maybe birth control ...

Charges in CWD case head to the grand jury March 12, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... A Holmes County judge refused to dismiss felony charges of tampering with evidence against the operator of a private hunting preserve resulting  from an investigation of deer suspected of being exposed to fatal chronic wasting disease...

Avon Lake deer cull starts today at Weiss Park March 12, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Councilman David Kos, 4th Ward, was the only member to vote against sharpshooting. He said Wednesday that he feels culling at Weiss Field, on the western end of the city, will do little to address the areas most affected by deer... $15,000 spent, almost $1,000 per deer, to kill deer in a park area where we kind of want the deer to be ...

White deer find home at Cambridge's Deerassic Park March 11, 2015 Ohio, The Daily Jeffersonian 
...  because of their unique coloring deer farmers began specifically breeding the pigment-less deer... "They don't have the best genetics," Dyer explained. "They have a lot of internal health issues with their livers and lungs. "Their lifespan is a lot less than a regular deer ...

Avon Lake votes to allow deer culling via sharpshooters March 10, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... All but Ward 4 Councilman David Kos voted yes to the legislation.  Council also passed a motion for Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka to sign a deer management proposal to issue 30 deer tags from the Ohio Department of Wildlife... 

... The city has hired Precision Helicopter of Cleveland to fly over North Olmsted in a grid pattern, searching for deer... "That will give us an idea of where the deer are and where we have problems. We don't know if we have 50 or 500." ...  paying $3,000 for the service.  [the city is evaluating the need for an urban hunt]

Ohio Data: Around 640,000 deer in 2014, Ohio issued fewer deer permits and no antlerless deer permits in some areas to help the herd rebound. Reductions in bag limits and antlerless deer permits were approved for 2015 as hunters complained that deer have been over harvested. Ohio deer population estimated at 700,000 to 750,000, prior to hunting season in 2013 and 2012.  About 515,000 resident deer hunters.  Although ODNR no longer makes a formal estimate, they agree that the deer population has declined into 2014 as a result of a hard winter, following a general decline since about 2008.  Coyote predation is also becoming an issue.  About 800,000 deer in 2001. Hunters requested reduced bag limits after the Ohio deer harvest fell by 12.5% in 2013.  Down about 27% from 2009. Ohio Department of Transportation picked up 15,000 deer from roads in 2011, compared to 18,000 in 2010. The Ohio Division of Wildlife's goal is to reduce deer populations in counties above population targets. The eastern and southeastern forests have matured, reducing deer habitat.
      The state has been testing for chronic wasting disease since 2002, the first positive case discovered in a Holmes County hunting preserve in 2014.  When the owner violated a quarantine order by moving deer from the facility, ODA ordered that all 300 deer should be destroyed.  A second deer from the hunting preserve, Wold Class Whitetails, tested positive in March, 2015.
      White-tail deer were plentiful when Ohio became a state in 1803, but were nearly wiped out by 1904 as a result of uncontrolled hunting and clearing of forests for farmland.  In 1857 Ohio’s government set a season lasting about a month, but without bag limits. Deer were declared extinct in 1909. From 1897 until 1942, there was no deer season in Ohio.  Restocking efforts in the 1920s and 1930s brought deer back to 28 counties by 1937. Hunting resumed in 1943 when 164 bucks were killed.  By the early 1990's, the herd was thought to be too large so hunting limits were increased, resulting in "fewer deer than we thought" by 1997 when hunting limits were reduced. The herd expanded into the early 2000's reaching about 750,000.  Restrictions were lifted again beginning in 2007, the population has been declining since.  Population estimated at 650,000 in 2005, down from 700,000 in 2004. In 2014 the state moved to a more. county based management.  Around 1980, shotgun hunters took about 90 percent of the deer.  In 2014 about half were taken by bow hunters, including crossbows
     Coyotes first arrived in 1919.  The last elk in Ohio was reportedly killed in 1840 in Ashtabula County.

Other useful links: 
SolonDeer: information about deer management in the city of Solon
AvonLakeDeer.com: information about deer management in the city of Avon Lake
- Compassionate Ohio, facebook page of group supporting rehab of deer 
- An Update on the Status of Ohio's Deer Herd
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Division of Wildlife

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