I live in Fairview Park Ohio (N Sagamore Rd) and regularly have deer traverse...

Asked March 11, 2015, 7:07 PM EDT

I live in Fairview Park Ohio (N Sagamore Rd) and regularly have deer traverse my property in numbers of 2 to 8 from 1 am until 6 am (sometimes wandering around at 2 pm)(weather related--I can discuss)to the point that they have worn several trails. This is unwanted because of disease (Lyme disease), danger (surprise/aggression), some plant destruction, or road traffic. I have lived here since 1970 (first buck wandered up my driveway in 1975 at 1 pm.)and this problem has never been worse. How do I stop this behavior?

Cuyahoga County Ohio

1 Response

Multiple communities around Ohio are experiencing high deer numbers. I can recommend some of the management options in this fact sheet: http://icwdm.org/handbook/mammals/mam_d25.pdf, such as repellents, scare tactics, and deer resistant plants. These options may provide you some relief around your own yard, however, if there is a high deer population in your community, there may be nothing you can do short of reducing that population. Many communities around Ohio are enacting deer population management programs in order to reduce the number of deer (usually entails a culling program). In fact, the nearby city of Avon Lake is currently implementing a deer management program. You might contact a city official there for more information. In the meantime, this is a good resource to pass on to a Fairview Park government leader to get the process started.