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Resolving Deer Conflicts Workshop Saturday at Solon High School

The workshop, promoted by residents against deer hunting in Solon, will present experts on dealing with suburban deer

A workshop on dealing with deer conflicts in the suburbs is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at .

The workshop, arranged by the opponents of Solon's latest deer culling plans, will present speakers on dealing with deer in non-lethal ways.

Speakers include Sandy Baker, known as the "Deer Doctor" who is an expert on dealing with deer through landscaping, and Ed Mulka, the CEO of Deer Deter Inc., who will speak about ways of control deer-car accidents.

The workshop is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Admission is free.

One Solon homeowner, at least, can appreciate the need for a workshop on dealing with deer.

On Oct. 4, a deer of a home on Glenallen Avenue while the homeowner was sitting in the room.

This is an rare, but not unheard of, encounter with deer in Solon, which is dealing with a growing herd of deer and may begin culling and hunting efforts to reduce the populations.

This led the hunting foes to gather a petition to propose a ballot initiative to ban hunting in Solon. That proposed ordinance, the , will be on the ballot Nov. 8.

Heinz Knall October 09, 2011 at 12:43 AM
The workshop was well presented, although lightly attended. Sandy Baker, the Deer Doctor, was unable to attend due to a death in the family, however Ed Mulka, representing Deer Deter, acquitted himself quite well in filling in Sandy’s absence. CONSPICUOUS IN THEIR ABSENSE, were any representatives from the City to this FREE workshop. It seems clear, particularly after the comments at the last Council Meeting, that the City has no intentions of utilizing, or even considering any of the non-lethal options. I am inclined to believe that the non-lethal options in the “Solon Comprehensive Deer Management Plan” were placed into the plan purely to placate the opposition with no intention of the City to make good on any of the suggestions.

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