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Councilman proposes shooting deer with paintballs to keep them out of yards

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AVON LAKE, Ohio — An Avon Lake councilman has come up with what may be a unique idea for keeping deer out of people’s yards: shoot them with paintball guns.

Councilman David Kos says the concept is to shoot the deer by their hooves to scare them out of people’s yards and away from their plants.

He said residents can’t use a real gun or a bow and arrow in heavily populated areas, and other methods of trying to scare away the deer just haven’t worked.

“Residents have tried banging pots and pans, tried taking hoses and squirting them, and it doesn’t work,” said Councilman David Kos. “So how can we get the deer off the property from a distance and do it safely without significantly injuring the deer, and that’s where the paintball alternative came from.”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has had a lukewarm reaction.

Kos said an ODNR official said he didn’t want to take calls about polka-dotted deer running around town because they’d been repeatedly hit with paint balls.

But, regarding paint balls versus bows and arrows, Kos said it’s better to take 100 calls of polka-dotted deer than one call of a deer running down the street injured by an arrow.