Ohio Deer News

Westlake deer issue resurfaces October 17, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  Council earlier this month narrowly defeated the ban proposed by Mayor Dennis Clough, with several members saying that they wanted to address the deer problem more broadly and that the ban would be almost impossible to enforce...

North Olmsted residents offer divided opinions on deer hunting proposal October 15, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... Residents speaking Tuesday night were nearly evenly divided between supporters of culling deer and opponents... Steve Wolf, a Butternut Ridge Road resident and attorney, said the city should consider liability issues if injured deer run off... Some residents called for nonlethal means of controlling deer, including using birth control...

Four deer make wrong decision October 12, 2014 Ohio, Athens News
...  four deer carcasses lying in the middle of the highway exit lane ... "Several years ago I had seen one who jumped off the exact same bridge, but that was only one," ...

This video shows a very large and mature (6 years old) whitetail buck, investigating a mock scape and reacting to the howls of a pack of coyotes. This video was captured in Northeastern Ohio with a DLC Covert Black 60 - October 13, 2014



Ohio deer population nears target October 12, 2014 The Columbus Dispatch 
... To manage deer by county, which is the most sensible approach, Tonkovich said, regulations need to be different from county to county...  with whitetail populations at or near “target,” or desirable, levels in most counties, regulations have again altered Ohio’s hunting landscape. Among the alterations for 2014-15 was the elimination of a large number of counties where reduced-price antlerless permits ...

Ohio wildlife officials trying to trim Buckeye deer harvest October 10, 2014 The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... The ODOW wants to trim the harvest to about 180,000 deer this season, a significant drop from last year's 191,503 deer killed with bows and guns... "Our goal in most counties is to stabilize the deer population," ... which means reducing the number of does killed by hunters...

... Last week ODNR Wildlife murdered a precious young tame deer named Bucky in front of children at a park in Clarington, Ohio.  They shot him TWICE to bring him down. The town is heartbroken... We are carrying on the legacy and goals of Carol Deyo, a life long animal rescuer, surgical veterinary technician and the mommy of Trooper and Patch, two precious rescued deer. Carol spend her last year on earth fighting for the lives of these rescued animals. Throughout that year, her cancer worsened. She passed away knowing that the Saving Trooper Committee will not relent on what has been started...

State, county deer-related crashes down in 2013 October 4, 2014 Ohio, Bellefontaine Examiner 
... about 20,200 deer-vehicle crashes were reported last year. That's nearly 800 fewer crashes than in 2012 ... the risk of hitting a dear is greater in October, November and December ...

Olmsted Falls, Remains of deer deposited in river October 2, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... he had seen someone pull a dead deer into the Rocky River on Sept. 23, three days prior... the carcass was still in the river ...

As deer season approaches, time to look at numbers October 2, 2014 Ohio, Farm and Dairy
... About 80 percent of all Ohio deer hunters hunted with archery equipment (either archery alone or in addition to other means) ... For the first time, archers accounted for more deer killed than gun hunters did during the week-long gun season...

White-tailed deer antlerless muzzleloader hunting season coming up October 2, 2014 Ohio, Jackson County Daily October 2, 2014
... The white-tailed deer antlerless muzzleloader hunting season returns to Ohio on Oct. 11-12. Hunters checked 5,608 antlerless deer during the 2013 season... The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists...

Ohio Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 1, 2014 gameandfishmag.com
... bag limits are being decreased in 44 counties and antlerless tags are being eliminated in 29 counties.  With harvest numbers down for a fourth consecutive year in the state, most changes this year were intended to stabilize deer populations... Last season, hunters checked in a total of 191,503 deer, a 12.5 percent decrease from the 2012 season ...

Bow season for deer begins today in Ohio September 27, 2014 Times Reporter
... Hunters bagged a total of 191,459 whitetails during the 2013-14 season, which is a decrease from the 218,910 taken in 2012-13... there are less deer than there were five years ago, but that’s kind of by design. We had pretty liberal kill numbers a few years ago...

Cayuahoga County, Committee formed to combat deer population with long-term solutions September 25, 2014 Ohio, NewsNet5.com
...  The Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association decided to create a committee ... “The problem is not going to go away,” said Stefanik. “We want a solution. We want a long term solution and they need to open up their eyes a little bit and see if there are other solutions out there that would work." ...

... Contraceptive programs to manage deer are illegal in Ohio outside of scientific research, see OAC 1501:31-25-01(K). Avon Lake attempted to work with Tufts University on this but ODNR required they exhaust all other options first, per Councilman Shondel...

... The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) reports that Ohio reopened its borders today to Certified PA deer farms for imports into Ohio except for the following counties and any PA quarantined herds: Jefferson, Adams, Blair and Bedford counties...

Westlake, Sparring Westlake residents at odds over proposed deer feeding ban September 23, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer 
...  a proposed ordinance to deter intentional feeding... Mayor Dennis Clough ... 
“I introduced this ordinance because I would rather have nature take its course, whatever wildlife that may be,” ...

Shaker Heights, No drone zone for Eastside aerial deer survey: Shaker Heights City Council roundup September 23, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... For the sake of expediency, the city will front the money for a $54,000 aerial infrared deer survey covering eight communities... 

... the Wildlife Division’s white-tail deer management biologists say the agency is seeking to reduce deeper declines in the herds of 44 counties.  Thus in 29 counties where the agency believes “additional antlerless harvest reductions are warranted” hunters will not have the option of using an antlerless-only tag...

... from about the first of October to January, deer are most active, because it’s breeding season.  “They have other things on their mind besides being cautious ... unfortunately, deer are most active when you are most likely to be driving home from work, or driving back in to work in the morning... Drive with extreme caution ... in areas with deer-crossing signs ...

Regulations give Ohio deer chance to rebound September 21, 2014 The Columbus Dispatch 
... s Ohio’s eastern and southeastern forests matured. In doing so, the woods produced less food for deer and other wildlife. Research suggests that deer responded to slimmer pickings ... by amassing less size among both sexes.  “We’ve had declining herd conditions,” ... “In most of our counties, we would like the population to stay where it is,” ...

Fort Wright could allow deer hunting September 18, 2014 Ohio,  Cincinnati.com
... During the Sept. 3 meeting, Councilman Bernie Wessels introduced two potential ordinances to allow hunting within the city limits: one allows bow-and-arrow or crossbow hunting only and the other authorizes deer hunting with any weapons...

Your chances of hitting a deer are rising September 15, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... the odds are 1 in 127 in Ohio for the one-year period that began Aug. 1. That’s an increase of 6 percent from last year [the deer population in Ohio has been falling since about 2008, down about 27% based on harvest data] ... 

Baby deer finds way into ditch — and hearts September 13, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Peering into the ditch (less than 12 inches wide), I saw the spotted fawn stuck in the bottom — dead, I thought... After the fawn looked up at me, too, I hurried to the phone again and started calling commercial animal-assistance companies... About an hour later, with the rain having eased to a drizzle, I saw a doe cautiously walking from a neighbor’s yard to ours...

Petition for Bucky the Friendly Deer September 10, 2014 Ohio, Change.org
... Last week ODNR Wildlife murdered a precious young tame deer named Bucky in front of children at a park in Clarington, Ohio.  They shot him TWICE to bring him down. The town is heartbroken... Currently, the state of Ohio does not have a plan for certain injured wildlife such as a deer or raccoon. We are not asking for them to have a plan but to allow willing licensed rehabilitation experts, veterinarians and caretakers to provide the appropriate care that is needed for these animals...

North Olmsted considers allowing residents to bow-hunt deer September 10, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... City officials are debating whether to allow residents on a limited basis to take up bows and arrows in an effort to fend off deer, which are blamed for car accidents and damage to landscaping...  the police chief would decide whether hunting could be conducted safely ...

Cincinnati, Don’t kill deer in Cincinnati parks September 9, 2014 Ohio, Cincinnati.com
... deer hunting season of Cincinnati Parks ... is about to start in few weeks and the inclusion of two Clifton parks, Rawson Woods Preserve and Mount Storm Park. These parks are very close to where I live and I "know" the deer that wander in those parks. I do not want them to be killed and wonder why this decision was made unilaterally... A doe gave birth to two fawns in our backyard and the two fawns grew up totally in our backyard for two months...

...  put a stop to the inhuman "culling" of the Metroparks' deer every winter. It is very controversial program, and unnecessary ... These deer belong to the citizens of Cuyahoga County but they have no input. These are beautiful animals, not predators.  Last winter 287 deer were "humanely" killed ...

...  of the 14 million U.S. hunters, 11 million are deer hunters ... the newly formed National Deer Alliance ... "We want to create an environment were both the deer and the deer hunter prospers," said Dougherty. "We want enough members that people pay attention to us when we talk." ...

Oh deer, beautification program is flawed September 8, 2014 Ohio, Cincinnati.com
... the Ohio Department of Transportation has planted plots of sunflowers along the interstate.  Deer love sunflower seeds. That's all we need - deer feeding on sunflowers along the interstate...

Avon Lake councilman, tired of criticism, may abandon idea of using paintball guns on deer September 5, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com 
... "I'm not talking about it again until November and then I will consider whether to introduce it to council or not," he said. "The culling ordinance just went through and we need to concentrate on that. The paintball idea has become a distraction." ... Kos said he has been opposed to bow hunting in the city in the first place.  "I was trying to protect the deer," ...

Shooting deer with paintball guns in Avon Lake met with more and more resistance September 3, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... "It might work for the short term, scare the deer away, but the deer would come back," said Scott Peters, wildlife management supervisor with the state wildlife division. "The real answer is fencing, planting vegetation the deer do not like."  Peters is among a growing number of people who say Avon city councilman David Kos' unusual suggestion for dealing with the deer problem won't work. [Give it a try, see if it works] ...

Springfield, in the middle of suburbia! But Don McVey of Springfield Township went to the other extreme and did it all very wrong. 6:30 in the morning on August 5, Don McVey picked up a 22 caliber rifle, walked out in his Springfield Township backyard and shot a deer feeding behind a neighbor's home two houses away from him. Paralyzed but still alive, the deer dropped a short distance away and on a home video it can be seen McVey casually walk up and start viciously kicking the injured animal. Moments later he dragged the deer towards the woods. - September 2, 2014



Hudson, Lottery will decide who hunts on city of Hudson property August 31, 2014 Ohio, Hudson Hub-Times 
... Council Aug. 20 voted to permit bow hunting for deer on the city's Hines Hill property, formerly known as the Youth Development Center.  Council first passed legislation to allow deer hunting in the city in 2011 ... City Deer Hunting Program

Avon Lake, Solving the deer problem with paintball guns?  August 30, 2014 Ohio, WKYC
... a new proposal being considered by the Avon Lake safety committee.  Residents would be permitted to shoot and scare off deer in their backyards with paintball guns...

Avon Lake councilman suggests paintballs to scare off deer August 29, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... A member of Avon Lake Council wants to explore whether residents should be permitted to scare deer away from smaller lots by allowing them to fire at the animals with paintball guns.  Council member Dave Kos, 4th Ward and chairman of the Safety Committee, thinks owners of smaller lots need an alternative since archery equipment — permitted under a new ordinance passed by the Council — would never be approved for use...

...  a rifle firing one of 27 different straight-walled cartridges or head out with a handgun, use a crossbow/longbow/compound bow, a muzzleloading rifle, or stick with a tried-and-true slug-firing shotgun ... , the 2013 general firearms deer-hunting season saw only 277 deer killed by longbows, 483 with crossbows, and 805 with handguns. Even muzzleloading rifles accounted for just 11,093 deer ...

Where does conservation funding come from? August 23, 2014 Ohio, Courier 
... Ohio sells almost 38,000 hunting licenses and 41,000 deer permits to non-residents ... Resident deer hunters have voiced a concern that Ohio is an undervalued state ... A proposed increase for non-resident hunting licenses and a deer tag from $149 to $250 is below the average non-resident cost, $350, of other high-quality deer hunting states...

Avon Lake deer control ordinance takes effect August 21, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... “Landowners contact the Division of Wildlife, who inspects and determines if there is deer damage,” Zilka said. “If they determine there is, they issue a permit, or several, for culling deer. Then the landowners must have the police department inspect properties for the possibility of culling.” ...

North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik pushes to make Ohio manage deer August 19, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... The state should manage Ohio's troublesome deer population through culling, birth control or other methods, says North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik... The letter says that since the state wrested control of oil and gas wells from municipalities, it should also accept responsibility for deer management...

Broadview Heights fields deer complaints August 19, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Broadview council reminded residents that in 2010, it voted 4-3 to allow bow hunting of deer on lots measuring at least 5 acres.  However, Broadview Deer, a deer advocacy group, gathered enough signatures to place the bow-hunting ordinance on the ballot, and voters overturned it...

Man shoots deer in neighbor's yard and filmed viciously kicking it August 19, 2014 Ohio, Local 12 WKRC Cincinnati 
... Don McVey picked up a 22 caliber rifle, walked out in his Springfield Township backyard and shot a deer feeding behind a neighbor's home two houses away from him.  Paralyzed but still alive, the deer dropped a short distance away and on a home video it can be seen McVey casually walk up and start viciously kicking the injured animal.  Moments later he dragged the deer towards the woods...

...  the man admitted that he fired two arrows at the deer after becoming frustrated over damage it did to his landscaping.  A neighbor alerted police after spotting the injured deer running across the street...

Avon Lake, Rare Deer spotted in Avon Lake August 19, 2014 Ohio,  WTAM1100 
... They have some brown patches and are not albino deer which are all white with pink eyes... there are now three or four ...

... Residents of a tiny village in Ohio are up in arms after they say a game warden shot and killed a tame deer in front of children who had befriended the animal.  People in Clarington - population 384 - said the deer has become known in the area for its friendly demeanor, allowing children and adults to pet it and pose for pictures with it...

... Pictures and video of the deer show the animal playing and posing for photos with people in the town of Clarington ... According to resident Shannon Lee, the officer followed the deer through people’s yards for 20 to 30 minutes before finally shooting it in front of her two daughters... [video below]

Residents of a Ohio community said this week that children in the neighborhood were devastated after they witnessed an officer shoot a deer that had become so friendly that it regularly ate out of people’s hands.



Clarington, Bucky the deer killed by ODNR August 14, 2014 Ohio, Examiner
... Bucky, the gentle, tame deer in Clarington, Ohio, was ordered by the ODNR to be shot. The ODNR’s excuse was that the deer was capable of becoming dangerous. Apetition prepared by Sandra Barnett-Potts asking that Bucky be spared received more than 700 signatures. Yet on Wednesday afternoon, the friendly deer was shot and killed anyway...

Clarington, ODNR official clarifies deer decision August 13, 2014 Ohio, Times-Leader 
... The deer, which was discovered several months ago wearing an orange collar, has been roaming around the town to the delight of some and the consternation of others...  According to Tim Parrett, District Four Manager, the deer must be put down by a wildlife officer ...

Mayfield Heights council votes to join deer-management groupAugust 13, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Council approved the city's membership in the Eastside Wildlife Management Partnership at an August 4 meeting. The group, which is being headed by Shaker Heights, is planning to pay for a survey that will determine which areas have the highest deer concentration...

... Residents in Clarington say they are shocked and sickened that an Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer is reportedly determined to shoot a tame deer in their community...  the wildlife officer insisted it had to be killed.

Clarington, Growing Concerns Over (Pet) Deer August 9, 2014 Ohio, WTOV 9
... People in Clarington are afraid a deer who has become the town pet will be put down due to safety concerns. The deer found its way to the small town six months ago ... 

Hillsboro, Lottery for deer season conducted by Fort Hill August 8, 2014 Ohio, The Highland County Press
... The Ohio History Connection will conduct separate lotteries to allow deer hunting for youth and adults   ... For the archery season only, hunters under age 18 may hunt with a non-hunting adult ...

White Buffalo, Inc is a non-profit organization that according to their website claims to be the leading expert in population control of white-tailed deer. In 2004 SHARK cameras recorded footage of White Buffalo team members improperly euthanizing deer during a culling operation in Akron, Ohio's Metro Parks. Soon after the cameras were discovered and confiscated by Metro Parks rangers. The head of White Buffalo, Anthony DeNicola, conspired with park rangers to remove the equipment from evidences locker so that they could delete footage and physically damage SHARK's property—which is evidence tampering. August 1, 2014



Cleveland, Deer in the back yard is a wonderful sight July 31, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland.com
I agree with Tracy Behrend regarding the beautiful animals around us ("Continued thinning of deer herd will upset the genetic pool," July 22) ... I am so excited when I see a mother deer roaming in my back yard with two babies following right behind ...

Cleveland, East-side deer coalition a good idea to manage growing deer herd July 31, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland.com,
...  Most people would not support killing of animals other than for food... As a scientist involved in this work, I strongly recommend the Eastside Wildlife Management Partnership include consideration of deer fertility control in its management deliberations. As an introduction to this subject, I recommend the materials at www.animalfertilitycontrolvaccine.org ...

Seven Hills, Dead deer found again in Seven Hills trash bin July 23, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
... this time it was a fawn, and its remains were discovered by a councilman... "I don't want to be too graphic, but it looked like its underneath, its belly was cut open," ... The city's Deer Committee recently recommended to the full council that Seven Hills allow bow hunting ...

Avon Lake, Mayor signs cruel deer cull law into effect July 23, 2014 Ohio, Examiner
.... A new law will allow Avon Lake residents to kill deer outside of hunting season ...  Although the majority of complaints received about deer involved the minor offense of damage to landscaping, the legislation reads that the deer “negatively impacts public health and safety.” ... A website against the cull, called 'Avon Lake Deer,' instructed residents “if you are unhappy about this latest turn of events, let the mayor and council know...

Avon Lake deer culling ordinance signed into law July 23, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Zilka said he empathizes with those who do not want to see deer shot within city limits, or those who fear wounded deer with arrows sticking out of them might wind up on someone else’s property. But such concerns are outweighed by the need to do something ...

...  Sandusky, Ohio ... Featuring over 200 animals from around the world (including Japan, Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and North & South America), visitors to Lagoon Deer Park are able to walk with, pet and feed the animals ... online at www.sanduskyfunspots.com ...

... Lyndhurst, Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights and University Heights make up the Eastside Wildlife Management Partnership... The group plans to spend about $54,000 on a deer survey ... There were no deer in Ohio at the turn of the century, and the population has grown rapidly since the 1990's, according to Cleveland Metroparks Director of Natural Resources Terry Robison. [historically abundant in Ohio, deer were hunted to near extinction by the turn of the century, declining population since 2008]

Avon Lake defines deer-culling program July 18, 2014 Ohio, Chronicle-Telegram
... A mother deer and her two fawns play at Bleser Park in Avon Lake. Council on Monday passed an ordinance allowing residents to manage deer populations through bow hunting... permits only will be issued after the property has been visited by the chief or his designee ...

Hudson, Deer hunting, archery may come to Hudson city property July 16, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
... The Hudson City Council will read a resolution at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday that would open the area to bow hunters... public works director Frank Comeriato received three letters -- from Metro Parks, the Western Land Conservancy and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- all supporting archery on the property...

New ordinance allows Avon Lake residents to bow hunt deer year-round limit the deer population and number of deer related car accidents. - July 16, 2014

Avon Lake OKs year-round deer bow hunting July 15, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Grab a crossbow, obtain the proper paperwork and you’re on your way to taking part in deer culling efforts in this lakeside community... The new legislation permits the taking of deer with archery equipment as long as an application for a municipal deer control permit is submitted to police ...

Avon Lake, Revised ordinance for culling white tailed dear in Avon Lake passed council July 15, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... The new ordinance eliminates most restrictions... Councilman David Kos does not agree, nor did some of the audience members at the meeting.  Resident Margaret Arten called the ordinance "misguided" and hoped that the recent movie "Hunger Games" would not influence an increased number of bow hunters in the city...

Avon Lake, Municipal deer control permits are a terrible idea, Letter to the Editor July 15, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... The Avon Lake City Council is about to pass deer control legislation that will allow the killing of deer on residential property by a homeowner ...  I can't imagine neighbors shooting deer in their backyards with high velocity bows even with a permit without posing a safety risk...
... Metro Parks, Serving Summit County wrote it "approves of public archery on the former Cleveland Youth Development Center ... The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which manages hunting in the state, supported hunting and said it "believes that hunting within city limits not only helps reduce potential nuisance situations but also provides a recreational opportunity within the city." ...

Good news on deer disease, CWD July 10, 2014 Ohio, The Buckeye Lake Beacon 
... State and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads from September 2013 through March 2014 ... all samples were negative for CWD for the 12th consecutive year...

... the current ordinance's safety constraints as written have rendered the existing culling program ineffectual... The new ordinance eliminates most requirements and restrictions ... Ohio Department of Natural Resources deer management specialist, Geoffrey Westerfield ... currently oversees four culling programs in the Northeast Ohio area including Mentor, Solon and two large metroparks...

Westlake, Ban proposed on feeding deer in Westlake July 3, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Deale
... City Council tonight will take its first look at an ordinance ... Neighboring Bay Village approved a similar ban two years ago ... The fine could range as high as $1,000...

Ohio deer benefit from CRP July 2, 2014 Ventura County Star
... The most widely-used federal program that benefits wildlife is the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). ...  Landowners can turn their farms into wildlife havens while receiving annual rental payments and up to a 90 percent cost-share to establish conservation practices...  CRP makes an area attractive to deer and other wildlife year-round...

... The committee voted unanimously to make the recommendation to remove all of the restrictive language ... no longer requires set back or acreage restrictions, background checks for hunters, notification of neighbors, restriction on properties adjacent school or day care facilities, or elevated deer stands... Several residents expressed their concern about adopting the new ordinance without restrictions...

Avon Lake residents oppose deer legislation June 30, 2014 Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... Residents expressed their opposition to allowing the city’s residents to bow hunt deer in an effort to decrease their population ... “Safety should be your objective, not the slaughter of innocent deer.” ... I must fear being in my own yard, this reckless proposition.” ... 

Why are moose so nosy? Several theories exist June 27, 2014 Ohio, Burlington Free Press A Gannett Company 
... According to Witmer, “moose, with their widely separated nostrils, may have enough separation that each nostril samples a different part of a gradient ...” In other words, thanks to their big noses, moose may be receiving two fields of scent, strengthening their ability to determine the location and distance of smells...

Seven Hills, Dead deer in Seven Hills trash bin near ball fields and playground (graphic content) June 27, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
...  the bin full of dead deer last week. "It's just a few feet away from a playground and baseball diamonds where children play." ...  three men dumping a deer carcass in the bin about 12:30 a.m. last week.  "He saw these three guys in a truck, not a city truck," ...

Ohio deer dodge Chronic Wasting Disease June 26, 2014 The Harrison Press 
... State and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads from September 2013 through March 2014. An additional 88 hunter-harvested mature bucks and nine deer displaying symptoms consistent with chronic wasting disease were tested as well... CWD has never been found in Ohio’s deer herd ...

New Ohio deer hunting regulations available now June 26, 2014 Farm and Dairy 
...  There are no longer three overall management zones, having been replaced by county by county deer herd, harvest and income goals... One limit that hasn’t changed and likely won’t is the limit of one antlered deer ...  not as cheap anymore. And too, their use has been greatly reduced.   Regulations available online

... Kathy Holland, city spokeswoman, said Seven Hills has not decided any course of action but is having the meeting to get the community involved... Currently, Seven Hills prohibits hunting, ...

... Debbie Parker was crushed recently when she said agents from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources told her to give up Baby, the deer she rescued at birth five years ago, for possible destruction. But today, after more than a week of waiting, nothing has happened... McCorkle said the state has contacted the Vermilion municipal prosecutor to determine if a criminal charge of possessing an illegal animal should be lodged against Parker. ...

Ohio, Michigan deer avoid health hazards June 20, 2014 Toledo Blade
... In the Buckeye State, for the 12th straight year, extensive testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) found no evidence of the degenerative brain malady that affects white-tailed deer, as well as elk, moose, and mule deer. In Michigan, no additional cases have been identified since one deer in a private facility was found with the state’s first confirmed case of CWD in 2008 in Kent county...

Hunting regulations not optional June 20, 2014 Ohio, Irontown Tribune 
... two fawns were orphaned after a hunter shot their mother out of season in Rome Township... Dwayne Bench was able to capture one of them and take it to the Ashland Animal Clinic to be rehabilitated with the goal of releasing ... the poacher got away unidentified ...

Avon Lake Council is considering changes in deer management program June 17, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Residents who have significant, ongoing damage to their landscaping or property due to the deer will make application for state and local permits. ODNR will review damage claims and make a site visit to see if non-lethal methods could successful. If not, a permit to bow hunt out of season would be granted...

... Parker's lawyer from Mount Vernon, Ohio, said he will fight to protect his client and the deer. He successfully won a similar case in Mount Vernon. The state agreed to let a woman keep the deer she hand-raised if she would agree to never adopt any more wild animals...

... an Ohio wildlife officer came to her 30-acre animal sanctuary in Vermilion and ordered her to give up her deer named Baby.  “He said that if I turn her over to them, I won’t be charged with anything and if I don’t turn her over, then they take it to court and I have to pay the costs and then she’ll be euthanized anyway...

No chronic wasting disease detected in Ohio deer herd June 11, 2014 Akron Beacon Journal
... State and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 753 Ohio samples from roadkill in 2013-2014, plus 88 more deer brought in by Ohio hunters ... For the 12th consecutive year, all Ohio samples were negative for the disease...

Port Clinton, Harbor Patrol saves fawn from water May 27, 2014 Ohio, Zanesville Times Recorder 
... an adult deer on the shore.  In the water below her was a tiny fawn, whose head was stuck between two tree roots ... “The mother deer wasn’t able to go down close enough to help it,” ... Yost reached into the water and freed the fawn....

Mentor deer program numbers up May 2, 2014 Ohio, The News-Herald 
... More than 400 white-tailed deer were taken this season ...  it’s still hard to quantify the management program’s success [said] City Council President Ray Kirchner ... It cost the city about $100,000 to launch the deer management program in fall of 2012. This year, $25,000 has been budgeted for supplies and deer meat processing fees. There are labor costs as well for culling....

...  the city of Solon, Ohio, spent almost $1 million annually of tax payer money to cull approximately 300 deer ... One reason culling is ineffective is that “Deer also have the biological ability to regenerate themselves under hunted conditions ... Residents of Solon also complained the US Wildlife Service was indiscriminate in gunning down a high number of bucks, when culling should have been does-only ...

Parma Heights council  gets suggestions for deer control April 29, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Geoff Westerfield, Assistant Wildlife Management Supervisor ...  fencing off a garden can deter the deer, and also using a low-voltage electrical charge through a wire stretched across a yard can stop deer in their tracks without harming them...

... the last survey was taken in 2000. His survey will include non-farmers for the first time... "Wildlife damage management is a complicated balancing act between sportsmen, farmers, those that only like watching wildlife, and those living in residential areas,"  ... The key question is, at what point do deer become a problem? ...

Parma Heights council will discuss deer culling at April 28 meeting April 26, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... at 6:30 p.m. ... a guest speaker, Geoffrey Westerfield, who is with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources...

... Since the program's inception in 1998, the Cleveland Metroparks system has taken more than 5,000 deer ... The Cuyahoga Valley National Park announced last summer that it was considering a culling program of its own...

Deer fence to protect Wyoming green space program April 22, 2014  Ohio, Cincinnati.com
...  the fence, an eight-foot black mesh mounted on black posts, will not be noticeable along most of the path, and will enclose the Community Garden as well... 

... The state unexpectedly offered Deyo a settlement in December. She could keep the deer if she promised not to take in more wild animals. She happily agreed... And although she didn’t talk about it much, while she was fighting the state for 11 months, she also was fighting breast cancer...

Muskingum County sees deer bag limit drop April 16, 2014 Ohio, Zanesville Times Recorder
... the increased number of deer in heavily populated areas is not a good indicator of the number of deer in the wild. He said it’s merely a sign that deer are finding ways to avoid prey... The natural resources department said the new bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties ...

Medina County’s bagging limit reduced for deer season April 14, 2014 Ohio, The Medina-Gazette
... Natural Resources Department officials said the new deer bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties, as the number approaches target levels... The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations...

Spencer, Injured deer apparently makes way back into woods April 11, 2014 Ohio, The Medina-Gazette 
... “We’re just assuming it went back into the woods,” ...
Spencer, Injured doe awaits her fate in Spencer Twp. yard April 9, 2014 Ohio, The Medina-Gazette ·
... she tried for almost two hours to get help for the injured animal, but four calls went unanswered or directed elsewhere.... she called Spencer police, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  "She’s obviously been hit by a car..."

'Canned hunts' call for better regulation April 4, 2014 Ohio, Lancaster Eagle Gazette
... There are 518 such high-fence hunting areas in the state, ranking Ohio fourth in the country for them... At a time when the captive-deer industry is pulling down regulations, it’s time to create common standards to ensure they play by the rules and make sure they are doing all they can to stop disease from spreading...

Willoughby Hills couple keeps track of rare white deer April 4, 2014 Ohio, The News-Herald
... the white deer ... they’ve named Snowflake ... She may be a piebald deer, the color of which is an inherited genetic trait that can produce a slight amount of white hair to almost totally white coats.   Piebald deer are rare, typically occurring in less than 1 percent of the population...

Trophy deer industry means big bucks in Ohio March 30, 2014 Ohio, Chillico Gazette 
... An Indianapolis Star investigation has discovered the industry costs taxpayers millions of dollars, compromises long-standing wildlife laws, endangers wild deer and undermines the government’s multibillion-dollar effort to protect livestock and the food supply...

Local deer bred for hunting ranches March 30, 2014 Ohio, Zanesville Times Recorder 
... the deer business can be lucrative. Fawns sired in 2014 from an in-demand buck, Sudden Impact, sell for $25,000, making them the most expensive fawns on the farm... “We treat them like livestock, but they are still wild,” ...

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. 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.. 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 state has been testing for chronic wasting disease since 2002, no positive cases so far.
      White-tail deer were plentiful when Ohio became a state in 1803, but were nearly wiped out by the early 1900's as a result of uncontrolled hunting and clearing of forests for farmland.  They were declared extinct in the state in 1909.  Deer hunting became illegal to preserve the herd.  After restocking and conservation efforts, 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.  Restrictions were lifted again beginning in 2007.  In 2014 the state moved to a more county based management.
     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 
- Searchable database of Ohio Deer Farms
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Division of Wildlife

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