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Deer Overpopulation in Ohio
Every year in Ohio, I hear about deer overpopulation. At least in my area, it seems to be an annual problem. In many suburbs of Cleveland, they have issues with deer. It seems like every year there are sharp shooters being hired in Hudson to kill them off. Or Solon is another city that always has problems. This year, Avon Lake has been headlining the deer problem. There are six times as many deer than the city can comfortably host according to the experts there. There have been more car accidents involving deer, and children are even being confronted by deer on their way to the bus stop in the morning. Unfortunately, Avon Lake has said they do not have the money to hire sharp shooters, so they do not know what to do to handle the problem.
To me, it seems like there could be some simple solutions. I realize hiring sharp shooters is costly, and most cities are already hurting for money with the way the economy is. That option is already out. There is also the possibility to drop birth control pellets. Unfortunately, that does not take immediate effect, and there are already too many deer. The birth control would be better suited to for use before they become overpopulated. So what should Avon Lake do to eliminate around 250 deer?
For starters, why not offer special permits for hunters. This would strictly be limited to bow hunting since it is within city limits. This is a safer alternative to a gun season. The hunting would have to be restricted to certain areas. With as popular as hunting is in Northeast Ohio, it should be no issue to sell 250 permits. Many hunters would take up that opportunity to get another deer. This would also raise money for the city because they would be selling the special permits. They would not have to be sold at a high amount, but even at $10 a tag, it generates another $2500 for the city. That money could be put back into the system to help control the deer population in the future.
Another option would be to allow a group of hunters to shoot off deer at no charge. Getting a small group of guys willing to kill the deer would not be hard. Many hunters would enjoy the sheer thrill of being able to go out and kill off some deer. They could have the option of keeping the meat if they wanted. Even better than that, the meet could be processed and donated. I realize there is a cost to process the meat, but it would be a relatively cheap way to help out some needy people. The meat could be given to soup kitchens to use or also be given away to food banks to give out. Either way, the meat from the 250 deer that need killed would be put to a good use. The problem could be solved and turned into a way to help out the community.
Now, I realize the options I presented are not as simple as I have presented. Because government is involved, there is always red tape that adds complications. However, it seems as though there should be a relatively cost effective way to solve the overpopulation issue. Since the deer need to be killed anyway, the meat might as well be put to good use.