Ohio Deer News

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,” ...


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Ohio Data: 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 to 191,459;  2012 was 218,910 in 2012 ; 252,017 in 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 goal is to reduce deer populations in counties above population goals.   Deer management has been reorganized by county instead of hunting zones.  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.  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.

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AvonLakeDeer.com: information about deer management in the city of Avon Lake 
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Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Division of Wildlife

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