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Mentor City Council Can Vote Tuesday On Whether It Should Be Illegal To Feed Deer

Legislation has been introduced that, if approved, would name deers as a nuisance animal

For more than a year now, the administration of Mentor has talked about the deer population in its city and how to decrease it.

Mentor averaged about 33 deer per square mile, according to the results of a flyover count the city paid for in March 2010. That count didn't include Veterans Park, which has averaged about 120 deer per square mile during the last 10 years, according to the city.

The administration is concerned that this amount of deer threatens .

Consequently, the city -- over the past year -- has instituted a plan to manage the deer population in Mentor.

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.

Mentor City Council voted to legalize bow hunting last year (by a 5-2 margin) and, this hunting season, hunters have killed more than 100 deer in the city.

Mentor also received permission from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to begin culling earlier this month. Mentor's culling efforts, which have already started, will focus on five specific properties within Mentor: Morton Park, Mentor Lagoons, Veterans Park, Black Brook Golf Course and the city-owned property around City Hall.

Mentor City Council can add a new facet to the deer management program if they approve legislation that would add deer to the list of "nuisance animals" in Mentor.

The legislation already lists rats, raccoons and skunks as nuisance animals.

If approved, it would become a fourth-degree misdemeanor to feed or harbor deer.

Council can vote on the proposed legislation during their Council meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak wrote, regarding the proposed legislation:

As it relates to deer feeding, the administration favors a ban on such activity as it presents a public health and safety concern in that it attracts and concentrates these animals into our residential neighborhoods, resulting in property damage and an increased likelihood of negative human-deer interactions, (for example,) deer/car collisions, pets being harmed, deer fecal matter being deposited upon lawns, landscaping/gardens being destroyed, etc.

Additionally, such feeding can reduce the efficacy of the city's culling program and also attracts all types of other nuisance animals to the neighborhood.

The Council can also vote on an ordinance Tuesday that would make it illegal to interfere with lawful deer hunting and culling.

If that legislation were approved, those who block, obstruct, impede or otherwise interfere with the legal hunting or culling of deer -- as opposed to illegal hunting -- in Mentor could face first-degree misdemeanors.

Filipiak said this legislation is patterned after a similar ordinance in Solon.

Also on Tuesday,

  • The City Council will have a work session at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the possibility of speed bumps and other ways to calm traffic.
  • During the Council meeting, Council is scheduled to make an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, Fair Housing Board, Greater Mentor Port Authority and Tree Commission, as well as eight appointments to the Community Arts Commission.
  • The complete agenda and legislation for Tuesday's meeting is attached to this story as a PDF.
Andie Anderson January 14, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Please help Mentor on the Lake Residents with the deer population. It is toooo much.
Deborah Foise January 14, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Please continue to cull the deer herds and give the meat to food banks. I definitely think it should be a misdemeanor to feed the deer. There is nothing good about doing that.
Savannah Reed January 14, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Why not make geese a "nuisance" animal as well and donate the meat to food banks?
Ryan Tibbs January 14, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Good. Too many people feed the deer and they've become far too accustomed to people. They're not afraid. This and the culling should make it reasonable for the first time in a long time.
Play more hockey January 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM
I don't want to be "off topic" but the attached documents show an agenda authorizing the city manager to conduct all kinds of business - not unusual. But where is the city's annual report on the city manager's performance. Where's the accountability? I suspect Mr Filipiak's priorities are being set by some influential land owners instead of overall quality of life in Mentor. It would be interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes in the city managers office. May some hungry reporter will start digging-
Pathfinder January 15, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Wow. That would be a dream come true. Supposedly there are federal culling programs for geese too, though I've never heard of such a thing around here and I suspect that's only around airports. I wonder if canada goose is good eating?
Pathfinder January 15, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Exactly what is the city manager not getting to? Be specific, because based on your repeated (content-less) comments over the last couple weeks, you're clearly infatuated with the guy. If you're so interested in his performance, walk out of the hockey rink sometime and make a public records request for his annual performance review. Until then, enough already. We got it. You don't like Ken. Move on. BTW: if you had a clue about how our city government worked, you'd realize that the city manager works at the pleasure of Council, meaning that he's doing the bidding of council, not just coming up with some personal agenda. If you truly have a problem with what the city manager is spending his time on, it's Council you should be talking about.
john burtyk January 15, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Fecal ..hell geese are awful get rid of the geese.there everywhere and stop traffic all the time
Leocadia Sigl January 15, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I totally agree with you Hockey!!
Leocadia Sigl January 15, 2013 at 02:10 PM
I don't know why they are never brought up,they are TOTALLY worse than the Deer,especially there Fecal matter,Deer don't poop with every step they take.
Leocadia Sigl January 15, 2013 at 02:21 PM
So are we gonna told to stop feeding the Birds and the Squirrels?..I noticed a Squirrel along time ago,before I put out a feeder,stripping the bark off my "Chinese Elm Hedge" and eating the soft stuff in side,just about all animals outside can do a certain amount of damage if Hungry..people say the Deer are eating their Vegetable Gardens,who grows one without a fence?,I had to put a fence up many years ago before the Deer were in abundance to keep the Raccoons from eating all my corn.I say leave Nature alone,and just do deal with whatever!..On my way to Veterans yesterday,there was a Doe laying grossly dead in the grass of the Church on Hopkins,took 4-ever for her to be taken away,that's wrong,I really doubt a car did her in,that area is 25 miles and hour,she had a huge hole in her chest area,sure was aweful to see.I really dislike Animal Haters!!,they can't be very nice people at all,they have no feelings in My Opinion!
Patch reader January 15, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I agree with Deborah.
Play more hockey January 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Abe, Honestly, infatuated is a strange term for any guy to use about another guy. But you did? What I do on my time is up to me. My comments are in reference to the article and the city council's agenda unlike your personal attack on me. Nonsensical? Yes I reviewed some if your comments Now you can get back to Judge Joe Brown-

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