Lyndhurst considers rarely-used method to deal with deer

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LYNDHURST, Ohio-- It is something that just about every municipality in Northeast Ohio has had to deal with at one time.

What to do about herds of deer that you can find just about anywhere in our area.
They're drawn by the same things that people like: peace, quiet and green space.

“I could say I’ve seen them twice this year. I’ve seen a couple of doe; one time I saw a buck," Daniel Logsdon said.

“I seem them occasionally. I go jogging and I see them around the neighborhood," Bethany Otonichar said.

Lyndhurst is proposing using a way that's not often used to control the deer population.

City officials have talked with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and a private firm about the possibility of using cage-like traps to catch the deer and then euthanize them.

ODNR says this method is sometimes used in densely-populated areas where gun or bow hunting would be hard to do safely.

Some folks are split over this.  “Trapping them humanely would be fine by me, but I’m not much for killing them; sorry, hunters," Marta Patete said.

While others say they're worried that catching, caging and stressing out the animals might be crueler than killing them outright by hunting.

“We need to find a way to deal with it," Michele Baker said. “We're at fault because we're destroying their habitat."

Even in a city park, there are hoof prints and other marks that are signs of deer living or grazing in narrow strips of open space right next to homes.

Hundreds of them die each year in collisions with cars on the roads. While some may find them to be a nuisance, others think they add a certain sense of beauty to their community.

“They're beautiful creatures. I wouldn't want to harm them; I think that's a terrible idea to trap them and have them in a cage and be traumatized," Otonichar said.

An ODNR spokesman says cage traps can be expensive because the traps have to be monitored and checked every day so that trapped animals will not suffer.

He says it's also not a year-round solution because it is most effective in the winter months.

Calls to the Lyndhurst mayor's office were not returned Tuesday.

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