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Election 2011: Solon to Vote on Deer Preservation Act

The Deer Preservation Act, to be voted on by residents on Election Day, proposes to outlaw deer hunting in Solon

What: Solon Deer Preservation Act

Election Day: Nov. 8

Proposed Ballot Language: "To adopt the Solon, Ohio Deer Preservation Act. A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

"Shall the Solon, Ohio Deer Preservation Act which would:

1. Prohibit a person from knowingly culling, hunting, killing, injuring or torturing a deer anywhere within the city limits of Solon, Ohio;

2. Not apply to veterinarians or law enforcement officials who for medical or public safety reasons determine that the killing of a dangerous or injured deer is warranted;

3. Make violation of the act a first-degree misdemeanor and make repeated violations a fourth-degree felony;

4. Allow any resident of Solon who learns of a violation to file a lawsuit against the violator to prevent future violations and to recover a civil forfeiture of $1,000 per violation; be adopted? 

Yes

No"

History: With Solon officials poised to , opponents of lethal deer control methods have gathered signatures to have an ordinance, the Deer Preservation Act, put on the ballot in November. The ordinance would outlaw the hunting of deer in Solon, effectively banning city council from passing a plan that kills deer. To see the proposed ordinance, check out the .pdf attached to this article.

Argument For: Opponents say that deer hunting, either with sharpshooters or with bow hunting, will pose a danger to children and residents. They also say that committing lethal methods will force the city to continue paying for it year after year, because stopping would result in the deer population rebounding to previous high levels.

Argument Against: Supporters, including , say that nonlethal deer methods don't work to the level that Solon needs. The main reason city council wants to reduce the deer population is to shrink the number of deer versus car accidents, which rise as the deer population grows. 

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silvie August 01, 2011 at 02:18 AM
The 7th International Conference on Fertility Control in Wildlife will be held in Jackson Hole, WY, August 29-September 1, 2012. This conference is a continuation of the international forum for research into the management of willife populations through contraception. Solon needs to turn their attention toward preventing births, as opposed to killing. They need to start looking at alternatives that are humane and effective.
silvie August 01, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Why hasn't there been much discussion on non-lethal alternatives in controlling deer at Solon by the officials? The cost of alternatives has been exaggerated to the public to discourage its use. The expense was incurred during the testing phase because the animals had to be tagged and monitored. That is no longer the case. All they need is the $21 dart and serum. PZP deer contraception vaccine has been proven very effective. There are several published, peer reviewed, scientific studies on PZP deer contraception showing population reductions of 60% and 40% of free-ranging deer populations. There's really no credible scientific debate anymore that deer contraception doesn't work in urban/suburban environments to reduce and manage deer populations effectively - it's a fact. Jay Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., the Director of Science and Conservation Biology at Zoo Montana, and Allen Rutberg, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Education, Center for Animals and Public Policy, Cunnings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, renowned experts on deer contraception, lead the research teams on these deer contraception studies. Solon needs to consider these successful contraception programs. Killing deer will only trigger compensatory rebound, more fawns will be born. Why not avoid this inhumane slaughter, and use these proven birth control reduction methods? Why not prevent fawns from being born, thereby preventing their brutal killing later?
Heinz Knall August 02, 2011 at 08:47 PM
What I find amazing is that nobody on Council, or the Administration has brought up the possibility of tapping the ODNR on the shoulder and saying "AHEM! YOUR deer are causing a problem in our town. Your're the ones raking in all the license and permit fees. You're the ones responsible for the problem in the first place. We think it's time you pulled out YOUR checkbook and helped pay for a solution to this problem. Not saying I'd like their solution either, but I don't see any sense in Solon taxpayers paying to clean up someone elses mess. It's easy for someone to sit back on their deck, sipping their cool-aid and say "KILL THEM ALL" if they're not paying the bill. I bet allot of tunes would change if the people doing the complaining started getting billed for the remedy.
CMS October 06, 2011 at 02:25 PM
How many deer have been lethally removed from your city by professionals over the past 5 years? In this time frame, how many people have been killed by these same professionals? Or, how many have been injured? Or, how many have been close to injured? It is not the ODNR's deer. Look it up. They are simply tasked with managing deer throughout the state. The deer, in fact, belong to the people of Ohio. It is not the ODNR's problem that deer have moved into your city. They manage to control the deer herd quite well in areas where their traditional method of management occurs. The deer herd is growing in your city because this method of management (hint: hunting) has been precluded or limited in your city. Do you think deer are doubling and tripling their birthrate when the population drops? Adult does are probably having, on average, 1.5-1.7 fawns per doe right now. If you reduce the deer herd, do you think that number will jump to 3 to 4 fawns per doe? Of course not. The "rebound effect" you are referring to doesn't occur in areas where deer have not reached biological carrying capacity, like Solon. Your herd is still growing right now!
Heinz Knall October 06, 2011 at 05:21 PM
CMS, Good argument. We agree on the ODNR's responsibility in this matter, but I have to disagree with, or at least challenge your statement that the herd is still growing. Aside from the recovery of the herd's numbers after culling stopped, show me the numbers that prove the herd is, or was still growing and not at biological carrying capacity. The fact is, nobody knows what is, or was happening with the herd prior to the first count in 2004. I believe the ORC wording is something like "the wildlife (deer) are held in trust by the state for the enjoyment of all the people". All the people, not just hunters. Hunting may reduce the numbers somewhat, but not in the quantities City Hall is aiming at. I predict that the cross bow pilot program will be wildly successful only because they will be going after nearly tame deer who are not accustomed to being hunted. That first trip out will be like shooting fish in a barrel. Subsequent efforts, once the deer figure out what's happening, will not be as productive and will amount to nothing more than a "recreational opportunity" for a handful of priviledged individuals. Solon is too densely populated for hunting to be a viable method for deer "management".

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