City Addresses Deer Poaching Concerns

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SHEFFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- Another northeast Ohio community is trying to find a solution to a deer problem.

But the problem in Sheffield Village isn't only that there are too many deer. Villagers are concerned about the poachers from other communities who come to Sheffield Village to hunt. Village leaders and citizens spoke out at a community forum Wednesday evening.

Mayor John Hunter said, "We just think the issue has gotten out of hand with people coming in and abusing their right to hunt in the village, and we are going to try and deal with that, but the only way you can do anything is with the people. The landowners themselves have to take action."

A council committee is proposing to toughen regulations against poachers. Among other things, council wants hunters from other communities to get notarized permission slips from landowners allowing them to hunt in Sheffield Village. All out-of-town hunters will need to register with the police department.

One landowner liked the proposal but had one concern: "The only thing I say is that somebody has to enforce this. The problem is nobody enforces the rules. You have somebody poaching or trespassing, nobody comes out," he stated.

Mayor Hunter announced that the police department would respond to all trespassing calls.

The proposal still needs to go before the full village council for a vote.

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