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Deer Money: What Deer Population Management Will Cost Mentor?

Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak breaks down what the Deer Population Management Plan is expected to cost in 2013

When discussing the city of Mentor's Deer Population Management Program and its cost, City Manager Kenneth Filipiak offers two caveats.

One, there is no way to know for sure what it will cost until they have committed to the program for an entire year.

Two, the city will need to spend some money to make this effective.

"You have no choice but to devote a certain amount of resources to this problem (of deer overpopulation) or the problem does not get better," Filipiak said.

With that having been said, Filipiak said the program will cost the city about $100,000 next year.

Now, for Mentor's expenses to make sense, some explanation of its deer management program is necessary.

The program has five parts: educate the public on the dangers of deer overpopulation; get an accurate count of of the deer population in Mentor and its distribution; start a traffic-safety program that focuses on avoiding crashes with deer; legalize regulated hunting; and use sharpshooters from Mentor Police Department to cull deer herds.

Not all of these projects are finalized. While Mentor City Council voted to legalize bow hunting this year (by a 5-2 margin,) the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has not yet approved the city's proposed culling program.

Filipiak is hopeful the approval will come sooner than later.

"The ODNR likes our approach," he said, adding, "I'm aware of no other urban municipality that has taken on a culling effort with its own personnel."

By using existing staff, the city of Mentor has tried to limit the program's cost, Filipiak said.

About $50,000 goes to pay the salaries of three part-time natural resource specialists in the Mentor Parks and Recreation Department who oversee the entire program.

Meanwhile, Filipiak expects the city to expend another $25,000 on equipment and overtime for police involved in the sharpshooting part of the plan.

Filipiak added that most deer culling would be done during regular hours but, sometimes, overtime might be necessary.

The final $25,000 would go to the cost of processing the culled deer.

The city manager stressed that these figures were estimates that could change.

"Until we get out there in the field and see how easy or time consuming it is to reach certain deer-reduction levels, we won't know exactly how much it costs," he said.

Filipiak also said the program is a long-term commitment and, if the city stopped trying to manage the deer population, the deer's numbers would quickly rebound.

"I don't see the cost of this program going down in the future," he said.

As a point of comparison, . That comes to $611 per deer.

Johnny Bloom December 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
WHY WHAT,S WRONG WITH THE ICE ARENA?
Joe Babika December 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
With the sucess of the bow hunting program why in the world do we need to spend money to have our police force used as snipers to reduce the deer population? Instaed of spending money we should broaden the bow hunting program as it is proven that hunters spend money and pay taxes on itmes purchased
Atuno December 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
"Filipiak also said the program is a long-term commitment and, if the city stopped trying to manage the deer population, the deer's numbers would quickly rebound." - REALLY? When deer are "managed", that's exactly what happens! Filipiak is totally wrong on this - leaving deer for Nature to manage is far more effective than allowing anyone with a vested interest to do so. States routinely practice game management under the ruse of wildlife management - the differrence, one might ask? Game management selects desirable game in favor over less desirable game, for MSY (maximum sustained yield), making sure to keep them at numbers beneficial to them finanicially and keeping the state's hunter clients happy at all times by providing a good "crop" to "harvest" yearly.
Ryan Tibbs January 14, 2013 at 07:49 PM
The only way that nature is going to manage the deer here is to let them starve to death. They have no predators here and run whenever and wherever they feel like it.
a.adamic January 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM
It has been proven that culling dose not work,because of rebound It isn't the deer as much as over development of the land.Soon we will be another Euclid with one building and mall after another.I moved out of Euclid and now have to move on once again for the same reason.It is sad really.Everyone is well aware of when the deer probvlem started.I also think the whole process has been very secretive.I can not find a deer any where.yet everyone is still trying to kill deer. I guess Mentor is not culling. I think they are extinguishing.How sad for all the people who live here,not just the beautiful deer.

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