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See The Results Of Mentor's Deer Survey

Residents answer the city of Mentor's questions regarding deer

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 .

Mentor Resident August 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
How were the residents of Mentor informed that there was an on-line survey to complete? I was not given the opportunity to respond and I have complaints about the deer damage on my property. Is it too late to complete the survey?
Candace Petrilli August 26, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I have no problem with the deer; in winter I actually leave food out for them. Bow hunting is savage and inhumane. I can understand experienced hunters with guns who could kill with one shot.
Lory August 26, 2012 at 04:21 AM
I don't get it. The deer were here long before the businesses and new housing complexes tore down almost every bit of habitat that they once had. Here's an idea....quit tearing down every living tree and open space in this city and try and fill the outrageous number of abandoned businesses and homes.
Jason Lea (Editor) August 26, 2012 at 02:02 PM
It is not too late. There's a link to a story about the online survey in the first sentence of this story.
Leocadia Sigl October 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I agree with Lory,it's not their fault it's ours,so we should just deal with.The geese to me are a bigger problem,if we had an "Ohio Goose" and they migrated to Canada,no way would Canada put up with our Geese messing up their yards and sidewalks and playgrounds,chase after people and hissing, "NO" they'd get rid of em.Were wimps,Lil deer problem and we come up with,"Just kill em"...sheesh!

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