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Council Gives City Go-Ahead To Pursue Deer Management Permit

This approval does not necessarily mean the city will allow deer culling in the future

Mentor City Council voted for an ordinance that gives the city administration permission to pursue the permits needed to get a Deer Management Plan approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Council passed the resolution 6-0 during its meeting Tuesday at City Hall. Councilman Bruce Landeg was excused from the meeting.

Specifically, the resolution allows the city government to pursue a deer damage control permit and all other permits needed for a Deer Management Plan.

The aforementioned plan does not inherently have to include deer culling. However, if the city did want to cull the white-tailed deer in Mentor, it would need a management plant that was approved by the ODNR.

The proposed ordinance says the city wants reduce the risk to public safety, minimize property damage and halt the loss biodiversity and habitat caused by deer overpopulation.

The ordinance adds that the city is reviewing its options and those options include educating the public, improving traffic safety and reducing the herd via hunting or culling.

"You're not committing to any particular item," Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak said to Council before the vote. "Until you actually approve a (Deer Management) Plan, we wouldn't assume authority to implement anything."

Mentor City Council President Scott Marn also stressed that the vote was the beginning of a process, not the end of one.

Two Mentor residents talked about deer management at the meeting. Elaine Foster encouraged Council to explore nonlethal methods to address the growing herd size.

"I would like to have Council consider alternatives," she said. "I, for one, would like to see options other than culling -- perhaps, birth control."

Meanwhile, Carole Clement noted that deer sterilization had been illegal in Ohio for almost 20 years. She also said that birth control could not address free range herds such as the ones in Mentor.

Also at the City Council meeting:

  • Council approved the funds to refurbish the 72 golf cars in the city's fleet.

The cars are four years old and they all need new batteries and tires, Parks and Recreation Director Bob Martin said. Some also need new windshields and seats.

Martin said they can extend the golf cars' lives another four years by refurbishing them and it will save the city more than $100,000 when compared to buying new cars.

Tim Walters February 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Thank You. Thank you. Feed the poor in Mentor then Lake County with the meat. Birth Control? Are they paying for it to be done? As a tax payer I’m willing to pay for the deer to feed the poor but NOT birth Control.
Anne February 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
How about something like: 1st - cull the herd annually with some type of lottery to choose the sharpshooters (local & pre-qualified) and locations. 2nd - partner with a butcher shop (as local as possible) to prepare and sell the venison. Are there any restaurants (local) who would like to carry venison on their menu?. 3rd - set aside a predetermined percentage of meat to be donated (as local as possible)
Dan Beyer February 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM
This is a great accomplishment and the first step towards proper deer management. Private landowners can also help support the cause by allowing hunters manage the deer herds on their property according to state laws and regulations. If you are seeking a hunter we invite you to visit www.findahunter.com and search for a local hunter in your area. The site also has a recommended list of interview questions and more. Suggest your hunter donate to a local soup kitchen or food pantry to assist those in need. Deer management is win win for the entire community.

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