Deer dilemma solution? Avon Lake mayor signs off on new law

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AVON LAKE, OH – The Mayor of Avon Lake gave the okay for a new law that lets residents kill deer using a bow and arrow.

The legislation has been in the works for a while, but he signed off on it Tuesday.

“Let me stress that to do nothing is also an unsafe situation,” said Mayor Greg Zilka.

He said the deer have destroyed yards, caused car accidents and at times have been violent.

Councilman John Shondel helped craft the law and said they spent a long time making it just right.

“I don't think for a moment that there won't be some tweaks or adjustments as we go along probably from the chief of police's standpoint and also from the Department of Wildlife,” he said.

As it stands right now, residents who want to take part need to apply for two permits, one through the state and the other through the Avon Lake Police Department.

The police chief will then determine whether they should be allowed to kill the deer.

Residents naturally have mixed opinions about the new law. Some thinks it’s necessary, while others say it’s too much.

“I feel bad for them. They're plowing up the lands and the trees and the forest. I wish there was maybe more birth control for them rather than killing them,” said one resident who didn’t want to be named.

Qualifying for a permit isn’t easy. The city said those interested will have to justify why they need one and meet the minimum acreage requirement.

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