City of Lyndhurst, Ohio to Resume Deer Management Program
Original Release: 12/28/2016
Details and FAQ
The City of Lyndhurst, Ohio has been granted permit by the Ohio Division of Wildlife for the trapping and culling of deer as one part of its Deer Management Program.
While culling deer has not been the City's first choice for controlling the deer population, it has become necessary to maintain the biodiversity of the natural landscape and safety of the City's residents, business owners, and visitors.
Due to small residential lots in most of the City, which do not provide a safe venue for more preferred methods of hunting deer by crossbow or rifle, the City, with input from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the City's Division of Police and the City's animal control provider, determined trapping and culling is the most effective and safest solution.
Following many months of research, and discussions with residents, the City conducted limited culling in February of 2016. Residents were surveyed in the summer of 2016 (results available here) and the results indicated that residents do indeed recognize that there is a significant deer problem and that it must be addressed.
The permit provides for the culling of up to 30 deer. Placement of the traps will be strategically located within the City and the animal control provider is working with pre-identified property owners to safely install and operate each trap.
The goal of the City's Deer Management Program is to humanely and safely thin the herd to achieve and maintain a balanced herd that will preserve the City's biodiversity, wooded land, and the safety of Lyndhurst's residents, business owners and visitors.
For more information about Lyndhurst's Deer Management Program please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1.) Why does Lyndhurst need a Deer Management Program?
Over the last ten years the deer population in Lyndhurst and the surrounding communities has grown to an unsafe number. City studies have determined that the deer population is having an unhealthy effect on the landscape, and the city has seen significant increase in deer accidents in the last 4 years. Without natural predators within the city limits, deer culling is necessary to maintain the biodiversity of the natural landscape and to protect the safety of the City's residents, business owners, and visitors.
2.) How many deer will the City cull?
The City has received initial approval from the Ohio Division of Wildlife to capture and cull up to 30 deer this season.
3.) How long will the Deer Management Program last?
The Deer Management Program is conducted under permit which will expire on March 31, 2017 or until there is indication that female deer might reach full gestation of their fawns, then the program will end. The City will not proceed with the trapping program once the fawns are born.
4.) What will happen to the deer meat?
The deer will be taken to a processor and all venison will go to an area Food Bank to feed the people in the greater Cleveland region who need it the most.
5.) Why has the City chosen this method?
Given the size of residential lots and topography of the City, it was determined that this is the safest method for protecting Lyndhurst's residents, business owners, and visitors. However, this method is only one of many the City has and will continue to use to protect the biodiversity within its borders. For example the City also allows bow hunting on certain large parcels and promotes a number of suggested non-lethal solutions on its website for residents' benefit.
6.) Does the Cleveland Metro Parks cull deer at Acacia Reservation?
Yes, the Cleveland Metro Parks manages its own Deer Management Program for its parks. Given the size of the Acacia Reservation the Cleveland Metro Parks conducts limited deer hunting with rifles several times a season. When the deer culling occurs in the Acacia Reservation the park is closed and neighboring residents are notified.
7.) What information did the City use to determine the need for this program?
For several years the City has tracked resident deer complaints and concerns, deer-vehicle collisions, damage caused by deer to homes, fences and yards, and fatally injured deer from motor vehicle accidents or other causes. These metrics have grown in these last several years. Additionally, resident concerns regarding deer aggression have increased. Further, the City conducted a resident survey (results available here) to better estimate the deer herd in the City and to gauge resident opinion.
8.) Will the deer be left for prolonged periods of time in the traps?
The City's animal control provider and other culling partners will implement a process that requires the traps to be regularly monitored. No deer should ever be left in a trap for a prolonged period of time. Further, residents can always call the City if they identify a trapped deer.
9.) Has the City's Culling Program Been Mischaracterized?
Yes. There have been numerous postings on social media and many misleading statements made by those who are opposed to ANY culling about how the City's program is conducted, and about alternative methods that are not legally recognized.
10.) Has the City considered administering contraceptives to the deer?
An effective immunocontraceptive plan for free-range deer simply does not exist at this time. There is no product licensed for use on free-range deer and no product or methodology approved in the State of Ohio nor recognized by the US EPA.
11.) Can the City just do nothing?
Ignoring human-deer conflicts and the other outcomes of a growing deer herd until the problems become even more severe is not an option. Finding solutions after the problem has grown even more out of control will be even more difficult.
12.) Where can I find more information about the importance of managing the deer population?
The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity (LEAP) published a position statement in 2014 that provides further information on managing deer. You can read this position statement by visiting http://leapbio.org/white-tailed-deer and clicking on Leap Position Statement On White-Tailed Deer Management.