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Solon Deer Preservation Act Defeated

Solon will be able to hunt deer to decrease the population after a law proposing to ban deer killing failed on Election Day.

Solon will be able to hunt deer to reduce the population after voters rejected a proposed ordinance to ban deer hunting.

Issue 94, the Solon Deer Preservation Act, was defeated 4,984 to 3,040, with 62 percent voting against a law that would make it a crime to intentionally kill a deer in Solon, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The act was a resident-led initiative to in the city. The ordinance was placed on the ballot after a petition effort by hunting opponents.

The law directly conflicts with Solon's . Solon officials have argued that Solon's deer population needs to be reduced in order to prevent deer-caused car accidents and that a law against hunting will tie the cities hands and leave official unable to deal with the problem, and now it can be.

Supporters of the anti-hunting law believe there are viable non-lethal options out there that city officials have neglected to explore. They argue that hunting in Solon city limits is not the answer.

Deer management has long been a in Solon. The issue resurfaced in late 2010 when Solon officials explored creating a small crossbow hunting program to see how it would help manage the deer population.

The crossbow program but Solon officials have been working all year on a that includes both lethal and nonlethal options for handling deer. The lethal options include a crossbow hunting program and sharpshooting efforts.

The plan was , but council members promised not to begin any culling efforts until after Tuesday's vote.

But the city has moved forward as if the anti-hunting law would fail at the polls because officials say they to cull during this hunting season.

The city with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to manage the deer program. City officials have said getting out of the contract will not be a problem if the anti-hunting law is approved by voters.

Lucy McKernan November 09, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Yes, Jay. There was just one such -- yet another -- story in the news this week: a dog named "Rusty" in Medina County miraculously survived an arrow going all the way throuh his thorax and out the other side on his back. Google it. This was a deer hunting arrow, and what strikes me most about the story was exactly how DID an arrow go through Rusty from the bottom up? If you saw the news images, you'd quickly realize there was just no way for that to happen unless Rusty was either lying on his side, or atop a ridge when someone -- no doubt some waste of flesh -- shot the poor dog. Even if it was an accident, that's like a car accident: you still have to take responsibility for "accidents" even if the target was unintended. Personally, whether it's a dog, deer or human, they're all equal. The species-centrism I've witnessed this year after volunteering in Solon is so demoralizing, astounding, disgusting, disappointing and just plain discouraging. I can't believe how many rude, apathetic, killer-mentality people had the nerve to say rude things to me outside city hall yesterday. If the roles were reversed, and I said something like, "No way THAT'S going to happen, me voting for your dumb cause," I'm sure the nice police auxillary officer (and he really was a very nice guy) would have escorted me off the premises. The killers, by definition, are always hypocrites. You treat people the same way you treat animals. I hope you choke on your dinner tonight; no great loss.
Lucy McKernan November 14, 2011 at 06:20 PM
One click to this, my petition, is all it takes to send a message to Solon officials: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-killing-deerperpetuating-myth-that-killing-deer-population-control
dumb December 09, 2011 at 01:13 PM
For anyone who reads this i just happened upon this and i have to say that huntings been around for millions of years and i personally hunt and i always will. Fact is guess what your doing when you eat a sandwich? You just contribuited to something dieng i just prefer to get it cheaper and in my way at least the animal has a chance unlike if theyre raised on a farm and taken to a slaugterhouse. If you have a problem with hunting just dont do it yourself but dont cry about other people doing it. And also as several people who read this will likely be from peta id just like to point out peta does very little to actually help wildlife they just spread the occasional bad case they find and blow it up well out of proportion. People have always hunted and always will be it legal or not.
Jay December 09, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Dear dumb, your moniker says it all.
Lucy McKernan December 09, 2011 at 05:49 PM
hey, dumb; appropos name. learn how to spell. actually, if you learn how to read, you would know that the people leaving these comments are vegan and live cruelty-free lives @ every level. and just because something has been around for millions of years doesn't make it right; take, for instance, the fact that Neanderthals still roam amongst us in the form of idiots. ahem.

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