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Avon Lake, Ohio Deer Cull to Start with Sharpshooting

Sharpshooters in Avon Lake, Ohio, will be trying to kill about 80 deer beginning Dec. 9.

The city has scheduled 15 days through Feb. 11 for the cull on city-owned properties.

Avon Lake officials say deer are a growing problem for the city. Mayor Greg Zilka says deer-vehicle collisions are common.

City officials say that car-deer accidents are numerous, and there have been three reports of deer jumping through house windows.

The sharpshooters will kill deer at Weiss Field, city-owned land near the wastewater treatment plant, the Kopf Family Reservation and in Walker Road Park.

The sharpshooters have been hired from an approved list from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Paying the sharpshooters, baiting areas and renting a refrigerated truck will cost approximately $500 per deer.

The meat will be given to food banks.

The city says 19 deer were killed Feb. 27 through April 11 during the last culling. Zilka says the effort is part of a 10-year plan to cut down on the deer population, now estimated at about 240, only to keep the population at a manageable level.

The city says it does allow bow hunting on private property. Police must inspect the property and approve the hunt.


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Avon Lake, Ohio Deer Cull to Start with Sharpshooting