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Mentor Residents Talk About Deer Hunting, Culling At City Council Meeting

Both supporters and detractors for the city's deer population management program attended the Council meeting Tuesday and shared their feelings

Ten Mentor residents attended the City Council meeting Tuesday evening to talk about the city's deer population management program, which has included culling and the legalization of bow hunting.

Seven were in favor of the program. Three were against it. All spoke passionately.

Earl Lauridsen lives near Black Brook Golf Course, one of the places where sharpshooters from Mentor Police Department have culled deer.

"I would have to congratulate the program," he said. "It's working in my neighborhod. Some of my plants haven't been desecrated yet this year."

Meanwhile, Barbara Welker said she was opposed to both deer hunting and culling.

"I think City Council members who voted for the deer-kill program should spend a day with the bow-and-arrow hunters and see exactly what brutal and inhumane work they do," she said.

Ron Parks -- a Mentor resident who previously showed a gnawed stem to Mentor City Council to demonstrate what deer had done to his yard -- said he had allowed bow hunting on his property and was proud of it.

"They used my property," he said. "I fed six families with (deer) meat."

Dave Passerallo is a Mentor resident and deer hunter. He said sharing the deer meat helped him get closer to his neighbors.

"I've met neighbors on all sides of the property I've never met before."

Meanwhile, Beth Weidig said deer culling and hunting have hurt the biodiversity in her neighborhood.

"Our woods used to be full of life -- squirrels, geese, hawks, chipmunks and, most of all, deer. We have even had red fox and coyote dens in our yards in the past. Our woods are now cold and not full of libe because of the action the city has taken," she said.

Conversely, Timothy Lining said it was the deer who were hurting biodiversity by eating all of the indigenous plant life.

"I want to say how happy I am that the city has decided to listen to reason and biological sience regarding the matter, as opposed to just emotion from those who are overly attached to the dear," Lining said.

David Bower said he was not against the deer, but he did support managing the herd's population.

"I'm for the deer but we can't have a bunch of it," he said. "And what do we sacrifice? We sacrifice nature."

Arlene Adamic said she did not support bow hunting, calling it "a blood sport." She also questioned why Council made it illegal to feed deer.

"If a neighbor wants to feed deer, that's between them and God," she said.

Alternately, Theresa Simon said -- because of the size of the deer herd -- it was cruel not to cull deer until the herd was a healthier size.

"The deer have overpopulated to the point where you can't plant a flower or plant a tree," she said. "I think it's irresponsible not to cull. I think it's selfish and even cruel."

The city recently concluded its first ever bow hunting season Saturday and 128 deer were killed by hunters -- 90 does and 38 bucks.

Thus far, the city has culled 197 deer -- 185 does and 12 bucks. It has permission from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to cull a total of 213 deer.

City Manager Kenneth Filipiak said he expects the city to reach that total by the end of the week.

Culling and bow hunting are just two parts of the city's 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.)

Leocadia Sigl February 08, 2013 at 11:49 AM
2/12 ?...I'll be there.
Christian Raymond February 08, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Yes with the hunting industry propagating deer numbers to satisfy the fat slob hunters and they terrorizing the forest the deer vehicle accidents peaks during the fall hunting season. Even a Game commission said in the fall hunting season the deer vehicle accidents goes up. Hunters love to blames the rut deer though the question again is WHERE ARE ALL THE DEER COMING FROM?? HUNTING THAT'S WHERE. HERE IS A QUOTE I GOT FROM A HUNTING WEBSITE ON HOW TO GET MORE DEER MAINLY BUCK. "Because fawns are born at approximately a 1:1 sex ratio, more bucks maybe born each year. Therefore, in some areas, you actually can increase the number of bucks born by shooting more does." Quality Deer Management
Christian Raymond February 08, 2013 at 02:17 PM
One thing I notice, these deer hating neighbors have their dogs yapping and yapping all night long but that is "ok" yet a deer comes by for my apple from the tree and I shake some for the deer to enjoy I get the NY State DEC coming to my home called in by these deer haters.. DNR's and many wildlife agencies are run by hunters and hate those who love wildlife and of course the wildlife itself and love to harass people like me who enjoy the beautiful wildlife in my yard. .
Christian Raymond February 08, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Bill Hetzel read my comment before yours, the question is where are the rut deer coming from? Sorry to say but it's time we stop blaming the deer and look at the hunters and the organization.
Christian Raymond February 08, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Sounds like a class action lawsuit against the hunting industry. They are the cause of high deer vehicle accidents.
a.adamic February 08, 2013 at 02:57 PM
The next meeting is a zoning meeting.It will be the last meeting of the month.About the Hostas I wouldn't give that arm waving nut a thing.What you gotta against the Hostas lol.The fence rider sounds like a polition to me.For the deer against the deer. Whow how about standing up for your convictions.?????
Monique Balaban February 08, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I am speaking from experience in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The city was in an uproar and caused a great deal of divisiveness because the City Council had approved to slaughter deer in our city. They knew very well that using lethal methods were not effective and extremely dangerous. After a few short days of killing the deer, residents became outraged, demanded the killings to stop and to begin implementing non-lethal methods. Residents had filed a lawsuit against the city. The city began to install school zone flashing signs, fencing and disseminating flyers on educating the public on being careful drivers, following speed limits and reducing speed during critical times of the day. These simple steps resulted in reducing car-deer accidents. In addition, the city began helping out residents with gardening issues by offering a service where volunteers would meet with residents and provide them with solutions on planting deer resistant plant materials and other products which are 100% effective in deterring deer from their gardens. Risking our safety to kill deer in suburban/urban environments will not be tolerated by residents anylonger. Implementing lethal methods which have been proven to be ineffective and costly every single year is unacceptable. Monique Rochester Hills, Michigan
Leocadia Sigl February 08, 2013 at 04:26 PM
So that is 2/26?..I wouldn't really give him my Hostas,only to friends,I think I don't really like them is because of the Flower,my Mom didn't like when I would pop the flower,I really hate the guys up there on the Video,they actually gross me out,I can't watch it again,once was enough!!
a.adamic February 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
The council meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month lol.......Nature lover
Natalie Jarnstedt February 08, 2013 at 07:15 PM
IF there were starving deer, people would be finding carcasses and skeletons everywhere. It is important to note that people often assume by a deer's physical appearace, ribs showing, that they are starving; they are not Thyroxin, a calcium-rich hormone, regulates their metabolism, requiring less food in cold weather. Even if more browse were available, their bodies may not even assimilate more ythan what they are getting. So, let's not fall for the age-old and stale mantra propagated by hunters that deer are starving, therefore they must be killed in order to save them form that fate (of dying?) - seriously?
Atuno February 08, 2013 at 07:33 PM
How can any decent human being choose plant life over sentient beings? That's bizarre!
a.adamic February 08, 2013 at 10:07 PM
You just answered your own quesion.what decent human being.exactley.The thing is the deer would regulate themselves over the next couple of years if they were left to themselves.Nature has a way of regulating itself.I am so glad everyone is on board that the city let a bunch of wild life experts prostitute themselves for the sake of the hunters.it is all bull.we all know that.We have had floods and drought,and extreem temperatures last summer. Did anyone ever hear about a burn out???One of the experts was an officer with an associates in wild life managment Duuuu
a.adamic February 09, 2013 at 02:43 AM
More lies and propaganda.How stupid dose the City Council and the ODNR think the citizens of Mentor are.They have opened a pandora's box and they will have to live with it.We need to unseat the majority of them.An out cry for it to be put on the ballot for starters.................
a.adamic February 09, 2013 at 02:46 AM
God have mercy
Elizabeth Richards February 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM
If you don't like the deer eating your plants, and you're not willing to drive slowly and safely in areas with wildlife - why not move to the inner city or an urban area where you'll be lucky to see a bird and your plants will be safe in their containers. Sounds like it would be a win-win for the people who don't appreciate nature as well as for the animals. The deer are part of what makes (IMHO) Mentor a desirable place to live.
a.adamic February 13, 2013 at 03:26 PM
you are so right
me March 06, 2013 at 06:51 PM
KIll them all theyre a waste. alls they do is eat poop and sleep
Leocadia Sigl March 07, 2013 at 02:40 AM
To "me".....all you do is eat and poop and sleep...bet you're a heavy set person..yuck
me March 07, 2013 at 04:14 PM
actually im not im very active person youre one of those animal loving asshats even though the animal is over populated and destroying the ecosystem youre a liberal POS
Leocadia Sigl March 07, 2013 at 05:33 PM
did you just make up a new word??..asshats??...go back to eating,pooping and sleeping 'me'
me March 07, 2013 at 06:09 PM
haha youre such a hippie i hope mentor swat culls you
me March 07, 2013 at 06:11 PM
youre right keep the deer and get rid of people liek you who ruin our city
a.adamic March 08, 2013 at 03:50 AM
At least the Hippie can spell and hyponate.Oh sorry too big of a word for you.If you have a coment fine but to make personal attacks on Sigl is very immature.also is there a threat in there somewhere? Watch out your IP address can be had by Mentor police.
Leocadia Sigl March 08, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Thank you a.adamic..thought I was Alone
Leocadia Sigl March 08, 2013 at 04:13 AM
You are so right.
a.adamic March 08, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Next meeting we have other people to talk.I will contact you for the date. I missed you last meeting. I went but didn't talk that time.You need to meet some of animal friends.I will let you know the time.A
k March 08, 2013 at 01:45 PM
adamic its hyphenate not hyponate dont talk about spelling and grammar if you dont even know how to use it yourself
Leocadia Sigl March 08, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Thank you, I wanted so bad to be there, but didn't get home till 8:00 that night..some of these people are so ignorant..and YES that does sound like a threat!..keep me informed please.
Leocadia Sigl March 08, 2013 at 05:49 PM
K..first time you make a comment and it's not even about the subject matter (Deer) so go find another place to make your rude comments.
Stephen J Sigl March 08, 2013 at 07:32 PM
shut it Leocadia

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