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? 



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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Larurel Alexander July 28, 2011 at 01:57 PM
How dare Mr. Russo say non-lethal methods don't work when they haven't tried them and more importantly he rejected every single expert who has contacted him wanting to give presentations. Why is that? The only people he has consulted with have been the USDA Wildlife Services and the ODNR. Both profit from mass slaughter and killing our wildlife. Professional wildlife killers can hardly be objective. As they say, if you ever want the answer to anything just follow the money.
Barbara Metzler July 28, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Since hunting causes the reproduction rates of a deer population to double or triple, hunting is not a solution to a problem, but a commitment to a permanent problem. Hunting is also animal cruelty. Today, more people are driving and owning vehicles, there is more development that fragments wildlife habitat and more highways and roads are being built that bisect wildlife territory. Here are some important things that drivers can do to reduce the chances of an accident with a deer: Drive the speed limit; reduce speeds at night, in rain, snow or fog Be mindful that deer are most active at dusk and dawn Slow down at deer-crossing signs and watch for the eye-shine of deer that may be near the road edges. Be especially cautious during seasons of high deer activity including: October to January during breeding season and May and June when yearlings are seeking new territories. Deer usually travel in groups. If you see a deer cross the road, slow down more are likely to follow. Most accidents come from: Driving too Fast, Erratic/Reckless, Inattentive, Failure to Yield, Failure to Obey, Drowsy, Asleep, Water, Snow, and Oil, Physical/Mental Condition, and Potential for Distraction (Such as cellular telephone). Drivers need to assume responsibility and drive defensively!!!!!
Natalie Jarnstedt July 28, 2011 at 02:54 PM
The big problem with Mr. Russo's method is that hunting only serves to spur reproduction in deer - leaving them alone allows herds to stabilize. There is actually a real wildlife biologist at the CT DEP, Howard Kilpatrick, who researched and co-authored an abstract in 2001, in which is clearly stated that nonhunted deer herds remained at the same number while hunted herds increased in size! This research, however, is kept very hush-hush and one can understand why! It is obvious that Mr. Russo and his band of merry men have never bothered to seriously look into non-lethal alternatives because they went into it with a foregone conclusion that killing is the only answer to their perceived problem. See this video, in which a grandmother sitting with her grandchild at the kitchen table was shot in the face with an arrow: http://www.wlwt.com/video/28682450/detail.html#.TjDZiCXu2OI.email As grandma said, arrows shouldn't be shot in neighborhoods where there are children. Are there any neighborhoods where there are NO children?
Larurel Alexander July 28, 2011 at 04:01 PM
OH citizens are wising up and demanding that arrows and bullets not be allowed in their suburbs. They are no longer buying the lies and propaganda put out by the Division of Wildlife who is merely a state-run hunting club. Even hunters themselves agree that discharging lethal weapons in our neibhborhoods is insane. This is simply about hunter recruitment since hunter's numbers are dwindling quickly. The ODOW goes around speaking in other nearby communities and always brings up Solon. He says, Solon has spent thousands of tax dollars and soon that won't be a viable option, it's a quick fix and ultimately bow hunting needs to be implemented long term. They've been waiting in the wings for this day for a long time. And their bloody agenda works well when councils (and ODOW) have behind closed door meetings and who seal the deal with no regard to the residents. Time for the resident's to take control and take the power away from these reckless and irresponsible local legislators.
Natalie Jarnstedt July 28, 2011 at 04:17 PM
At the beginning of the 20th century, there were no deer in Ohio. They had all been "done in" by hunters. Ohio set up a Division of Wildlife (ODOW), brought these antler-trophy animals back into our deer-empty state, and set up a licensing system so they could make money off of those who kill-for-fun. Ultimately, it appears these deer-car crashes were caused by ODOW's craving of compassionless cash. Our state agency continues down this tragic road by trying to inspire little kids to kill-for-fun too, so that Ohio's future generations' addiction-to-hunting will keep their coffers full to overflowing. Shame on Solon for joining ODOW on the guns'n'bows promo vs humane deer-population control.
George Nagle July 29, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Shooting high-powered rifles and/or bow-hunting is a densely populated residential community like Solon is an accident waiting to happen. Hunting actually increases deer-car collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, most car/deer collisions happen during hunting season. Pennsylvania's second largest insurance company (the nation's 12th largest insurer) - Erie Insurance - collected data in 1997 which showed: a five-fold increase in deer-car collisions on the first day of hunting, and that deer-car collisions remain high throughout hunting season. This is caused by hunters pushing deer out into the roads, and panicked wounded deer running into the roads. In addition, once you kill the matriarch doe, who's job it is to safely cross her family, her orphans will then run into the roads w/o caution. Based on these FACTS, what is the logic to introduce hunting into Solon to reduce car/deer collisions? Bow-hunting is not an effective deer population management strategy. It will only reduce the deer population temporarily by a few deer, and trigger compensatory rebound, which will increase the deer population the following year. Bow-hunting is nothing more but recreational hunting. That's a FACT!!! Solon will just be turned in to a private hunting preserve for a select group of bow-hunters. There are many very effective non-lethal strategies to reduce deer/car collisions. These are the solutions that should be implemented.
Ellie July 30, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Last year a deer ran into my car. Guess what season it was? Yep, deer hunting season. I wasn't angy with the deer. It was Elmer Fudd, who probably killed this beautiful animals mother, that I was angry with. Russo and his minions should try living in the 21st century. Modern tecnology could open up a whole new world for them.
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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