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Mentor City Council Discusses Deer, Coyotes at Meeting

Council members discuss possible ways to deal with deer overpopulation

"I'd offer you a tomato but Bambi got them," Ron Parks said, showing a gnawed stem to Mentor City Council during its meeting Tuesday.

Parks said he often sees a group of 36 deer gnawing the greenery on his 3-acre property along Lake Shore Boulevard. He said he's also had his car damaged when a deer rammed it.

"I'm not worried about my plants. They can be replaced," he said. "What I'm worried about is the fleas, the ticks, the lice – the disease."

Before Parks spoke, Councilman Ray Kirchner asked the city administration what it was doing to address deer overpopulation.

"It seems like a day doesn't go by that I don't get a call or an email or someone stops me on the street to talk about damage done by deer," he said.

He noted that the city has studied the situation extensively and asked if they had a plan of action.

"Hopefully, we're getting close to some kind of solution," he said.

City Council President replied that the city will watch to see if help manage the deer population.

"We're looking at what they're doing to see if it works for them," he said.

Councilman Ronald Micchia, , said the city should examine options beyond controlled hunts.

"There's a (population) rebound effect when you kill deer," he said.

Meanwhile, Councilman Scott Marn was concerned about another quadruped.

"There's an increasing problem with coyotes in the area," he said.

Marn said that he recently saw a pair of coyotes six feet from his patio and they did not immediately scamper away when he tried to scare them off.

"Deer are definitely a problem, but deer aren't going to maul a little kid," he said.

Ryan Tibbs September 22, 2011 at 02:56 PM
"Deer are definitely a problem, but deer aren't going to maul a little kid," Councilman Scott Marn said. Oh no? You don't think that if a child happen upon a baby deer in his yard that there is no chance that mother deer will defend her baby? Please, think before you speak people. The deer problem in Mentor has only one solution; a controlled hunt. People complain about this as inhumane to the deer, but let me ask you this: What is more inhumane, over population where there is fierce competition for food and a lot of them slowly starve to death, or a hunt to reduce the number of deer competing for said food? City council's idea of motion-detecting signs with lights is a joke.
SharEd September 25, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Fifteen years ago, we built a home in the Headlands. If we saw one doe, we were thrilled. Now we see whole herds in multiple locations just in the Headlands. Altho they are charming, I do worry about hitting one with my car. I hope Council can come up with a humane solution.
Cheryl McBride Deitrich January 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
We also have deer on Zinnia Court, back by Meadowbrook Road & Bellflower Road. Yesterday there was a family of 5 trotting across the cul-de-sac. The buck had a rack of 5-6 on each side. We had an incident when my 8 pound silky terrier got between a doe and her 2 babies. The doe tried stomping our silky many times. I heard our dog barking, saw what was happening and found myself looking at the doe ready to come in our screen door kitchen. So glad I could yell at the doe louder than our silky could bark. There was a moment when I thought the doe was going to come into the kitchen.
Lakota05 February 07, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Are you kidding me Ryan?? You are hilarious. LEAVE the babies alone like you should all young. All mothers will protect their young. Besides - they are not starving. This is about people not wanting to learn how to garden in areas where deer browse. Before you state that motion detection, blinking lights are a joke- do your research.
Lakota05 February 07, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Control your dog Cheryl. Any mother (you??) would defend their young. Try a leash.

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