Deer Dilemma: Hiring Bowhunters a Possibility
AVON LAKE, Ohio- The city of Avon Lake is considering new legislation that would allow homeowners to hire a bowhunter to kill deer causing damage to their property.
Under the new legislation, landowners could apply for a permit and tags from the Ohio Division of Wildlife; then they could contract a qualified bowhunter to put down the animals on their property.
Most residents agree there is a deer problem in Avon Lake; but there’s also mixed opinions on how to deal with the overpopulation problem.
“This is a logical way to deal with the situation. People who choose not to do this, that’s fine; but individuals who feel that they have been unfairly dealing with deer damage, they’ll have an opportunity to try and reduce the herd,” said Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka.
“Makes me very sad. I love animals and I garden and I adjust my gardening to fit the problem,” said Barbara Cooley of Avon Lake.
The legislation is still in the planning stages and could take three to four months to reach Avon Lake City Council for a vote.