Residents protest Shaker Heights deer culling

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio-- Residents of Shaker Heights gathered on Saturday to protest the city's plan to control the deer population.

The city authorized sharpshooting deer on public land by Shaker Heights police officers and considered it the most humane way to manage the population. According to the city, residents reported non-lethal alternatives, like repellents, were not effective.

A group protested in the median of Shaker Boulevard and Warrensville Center Road Saturday afternoon. The demonstrators said Shaker Heights, which has about 10 deer per square mile, is not overpopulated.

“It’s cruel and inhumane,” Casie Lovinger said, in a news release. “It’s not only unnecessary, it doesn’t work, and it doesn’t align with the values I associate with Shaker. If people are worried about their gardens, there are humane options.”

They also argue mass killing of deer causes overpopulation because of higher birth rates and more food.