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City Of Mentor Presents Deer Hunting Ordinance To Council

The city suggests legalizing bow hunting in certain parts of Mentor

Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak presented an ordinance to City Council Monday night that would, if passed, legalize the bow hunting of deer in Mentor.

The deer population has been a popular and occasionally divisive subject in the city for awhile.

Earlier this year, Council gave the city administration permission to pursue the permits needed to get a .

This latest ordinance is only part of the city's ultimate plan and not its totality, Filipiak explained.

"This is our first step in reducing the deer population in the city," Filipiak said.

Council did not vote on the ordinance Monday night. Instead, they will discuss it more during a work session before their next Council meeting Aug. 21.

This also gives Mentor residents the opportunity to review the ordinance (which is attached to this story as a PDF) and make suggestions, Filipiak added.

The ordinance proposes:

  • long bow, crossbow and compact bow hunting of white-tailed deer in Mentor during the appropriate state-sanctioned hunting season. No firearms will be permitted.
  • hunting would only be allowed on parcels of five acres or larger or a combination of no more than three adjacent properties that aren't separated by a public roadway and are five or more acres.
  • hunters must have all necessary state permits, as well as a city permit issued by the chief of Mentor Police Department.
  • hunters must have the permission of the property owners on which they hunt
  • all hunters must agree to hunt only from a fixed, elevated position at least eight feet from the ground
  • no hunting shall occur within 100 feet of a property line, driveway or roadway
  • the first deer harvested by a hunter must be an antlerless deer
  • any hunter who kills a deer, or any other animal, shall report such a kill to the police department within 24 hours

Filipiak said that the ordinance will create opportunities for deer hunting in all four of the city's wards if approved.

Council Member Janet Dowling asked if the city would allow hunting in its parks. Filipiak replied that the city intended to open up its parks to licensed hunters during specific time periods with the proper safety precautions in place.

He added that a limited number of hunters would be allowed to hunt in the city's parks. However, that number has not been specified and probably won't be until the city has a more reliable count of the deer population in Mentor.

Filipiak said the ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable, healthy deer population in Mentor.

"We don't want to overhunt but I don't think there's any threat of that in the first year," Filipiak said.

The city manager said he hoped to see the ordinance, or a version of this ordinance, passed before this year's deer hunting season begins in September.

Also at the City Council meeting:

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Play more hockey July 03, 2012 at 12:11 PM
When someone gets hurt or killed we will know where to look for responsibility - Filipiak. Can't we shoot the geese also? Part of what makes Mentor quaint is it's wildlife. Tell everyone to slow down and live and let live...honestly!
Mikey Bill July 03, 2012 at 12:18 PM
The ordinance has some good and bad points, but all in all we are glad to see the city is doing something to help thin the heard. I along with many other residents are getting tired of the destruction they are causing. I hope that if this takes effect people abide by the ordinance. Too many idiots out there could ruin it for the rest. I am guessing this will only allow hunting on private property and not city owned property? (like the lagoons)
Janet Simonis July 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Bow hunting?! Are you crazy! These are beautiful animals who didn't ask to be in this situation ... they have had their land taken away from them. There has got to be a better way to handle this. I do not want hunting in Mentor! Please search for a better solution ... there has to be one.
Jodie Dalrymple July 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
What happens when you have to gut the deer? What other kinds of animals will it bring to Mentor then?
Jason Lea (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM
It's interesting -- the comments on our Facebook page are skewing pro-hunting, while most of the comments on the site are against it.
john lauer July 03, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Bow hunting has been a proven method of reducing deer numbers in urban areas. Too many deer in a given area is not only unsafe for motorists, but also leads to starvation in extreme situations, and more commonly, drastically increases the spread of diseases within the population.
John P July 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I see deer in my back yard almost every day. I some times throw a apple to them, yesterday it was carrots, and let them drink from my bird bath and dont care if they eat my plants. Now they can return the favor and feed me, this is awsome news and something I have been dreaming of since I have been old enough to hunt. Where do I sign up?
Karl July 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Anyone with 5+ acres in the city that will allow a hunter access to their property contact me at karl.hagedorn@aol.com
Linda July 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I have tried shooing the family of deer that have "taken residence" in my backyard at least 3 times just morning. Nothing fazes them. The deer have destroyed our garden , eaten our Hasta plants, and trampled the flowers. They come into the yard even when my children are playing, scaring them back into the house. I won't even dare take my dog out without a leash. Countless times I have seen them running into the streets nearly causing accidents. They are a nuisance and a danger. Im all for reducing the deer population, I say let the hunters have at it!
Michael Rowan July 03, 2012 at 05:22 PM
This is great news- the deer are decimating our forest communities. Bravo to the City Manager- let's hope City Council does the right thing and approves it!
Jen July 03, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I am very happy for this, the deer destroy our plants and property too. I mean we have to worry for our kids and animals safety because they come within feet of us. We can end up with 15 deer in our front yard and this ain't the country. Thank you for doing something with the overpopulation of deer.
shannon herda July 04, 2012 at 12:57 AM
This is great news! I hope it passes! The deer count is out of control. We've eliminated all of their natural predators. Something needs to be done.For those who aren't for it, would you rather one come through your windshield?
Robert M. Byler July 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Would you be willing to give permission to hunt.
Janet Simonis July 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
No I would not give permission ... I would hope that the area I live in does not give permission. You want to allow hunters in our parks .... I cannot believe you would even consider this a place to hunt. I go by our park and many others throughout the week ... there are always people in and around the park areas. Mentor should not allow deer hunting!
Ryan Tibbs July 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM
It's about time. I understand all of the people that think that precious little Bambi is cute and harmless, but that's about the farthest from the truth that it can be. They are horribly destructive, they'll eat pretty much anything and trample anything to get to more food. They are unafraid of people/cars and have been the cause of over 200 accidents in the past few years in Mentor alone. How long until a child accidentally comes between a mother deer and its newborn baby and mother decides that the child is a threat to her baby? Humanely, this is better for the deer than the slow, starving existence that they endure now. There are too many deer and not enough land, which is the reason that they are all over residential neighborhoods now. Better to reduce the herd and let those that are left have a good life, away from people in their natural habitat. To those against this, I ask you, what would you rather do, leave them alone and just hope it isn't one of your loved ones that next gets into an accident because of the deer? You want to build fort Knox just to grow a small herb garden? Sorry, this is a good thing and I cannot wait for it to happen.
m. donnelly July 31, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I am absolutely against killing the deer by any means. we are in their environment; let them live. Cover up your flowers ; they will die in the fall anyway!
Ryan Tibbs July 31, 2012 at 07:46 PM
We are in THEIR environment? Uh, then where is OUR environment, the moon? Cover my flowers? First of all, I'm not talking about flowers, I'm talking about vegetable gardens. Secondly, what would be the point of covering my flowers, they are there to be LOOKED at. It never ceases to amaze me that people overlook the FACT that over-population of deer is harmful to the DEER as well! If the deer are ranging all over Mentor, in yards, parks, schools, etc, then they are there because there are TOO MANY, eating TOO MUCH food. There is NO other option, and this will HELP the deer, please try to understand that, it's the ONLY way to fix the problem for US and for the DEER.
J. Misch August 02, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I would like to see some humane methods such as birth control pellets -- and in this way the deer could be controlled. J. Misch
Sandra P. August 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Never would I agree to having hunters around my property1
Sandra P. August 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
More humane ways to try first!
Sandra P. August 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
No, but at least we can try something else first - more humanely!
Sandra P. August 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
When someones dog or even a child gets shot - then what?
Sandra P. August 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Sanity prevails!
Sandra P. August 10, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Absolutely!
Sandra P. August 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
We caused this problem! I have lived here 32 years - where are all the beautiful woods? They deer barely have anywhere to go just so we could build banks, drugstores, gas stations, factories, stores, homes, etc. Many of which are now vacant. by the way! Take paradise and put up a parking lot!
Scott August 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Sandra, you are correct that Mentor has cleared and developed most of its vacant land and woodlots needlessly, but my guess is that the neighborhood you live in probably required some land to be cleared when it was built. So it is ok for you to live in a house that took land away from the deer, but not the people who have followed since? The truth about deer is, with no natural predators, woods or no woods, the deer will overpopulate and need to be managed. I think in support of the non hunting effort in Mentor, you should tear down the two houses you own in Mentor, plant some trees on that land, move out of the city, and give back to the deer what is rightfully theirs.

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