New deer management legislation proposed by the city of Avon Lake on Dec. 3 has significant changes, including adding language that prohibits deer culling near school, day care centers and churches.
“If your concern is hunting near school, daycare or churches, that item has been removed,” Councilman David Kos said.
Kos had previously asked for an adjustment to the legislation at a November meeting, but did not receive support at the time.
City leaders discussed a new ordinance that vastly different than the draft unveiled in November at the Dec. 3 City Council meeting.
“It’s changed significantly since we first met,” Councilman Rob James, who is sponsoring the legislation, said.
Council members said they made the change after receiving feedback from the public they did not want hunting near those areas.
The new legislation says owner or owners of private property consisting of parcels of five acres or greater, or a combination of no more than three contiguous properties… in combination are equal to or greater than five acres and not adjacent or contiguous to a school, daycare center or church.
The legislation was the topic of discussion of a joint Safety/Environmental committee meeting prior to the regular council meeting. Check back tomorrow to hear residents' pros and cons of the deer management ordinance.
Culling by police, police agents only
In addition to restricting where hunting is permitted, the new legislation also prohibits killing by anyone in city limits by anyone not authorized by the mayor, under the jurisdiction of the police department.
Previous legislation provided for residents to apply for a permit. Now, no private resident will be permitted to hunt, even on their own properties.
And while bow hunting is still allowed on 5 continuous acres, those property owners would need to request culling from the mayor’s office, and culling would then be complete by a police officer or authorized city employee.
Mayor Greg Zilka said he would rely on the advice of police department and said a request for culling on private property could be denied.
Council will review the item at three more meeting and will host two more opportunities for public comments before voting on it.