The , hoping to glean information from the residents on their interactions and feelings toward the city's deer population.
Thus far, 2,160 residents have answered and most of them want to see fewer deer in the city.
According to the survey, more than 800 people (about 39 percent of those asked) want to see a substantial decrease in Mentor's deer population. Another 650 (30 percent) said they want to see a moderate or slight decrease in deer.
By comparison, about 400 people (20 percent) said they want to see the same amount of deer or more.
Of those who took the survey, slightly more than a third said they had a "substantial concern" about the deer population in their neighborhood. About 25 percent said they had no concern. Everyone else said they had a slight or modest concern.
Other tidbits from the survey results, which are attached to this story as a PDF:
- More than half of the people who were interviewed said they see deer daily or multiple times a day on their property.
- Thirty-seven percent of those who took the survey said they see three to five deer on their property each day.
- About 300 people surveyed said the deer caused more than $500 worth of damage to their property in the last five years.
- About 200 residents said they had spent more than $500 trying to deter deer from their property using fencing, repellants or deer-resistant plants.
- About 25 percent said they were aware of a neighbor who feeds the deer.
- About a fourth of the people surveyed said they have witnessed some kind of aggressive or territorial behavior on the part of the deer, while the remaining three-fourths said they had not.
The deer population has been a popular and occasionally divisive subject in Mentor for awhile.
City Council is considering whether to pass an ordinance that would allow .