What is the City’s deer culling program?

Trained marksmen under the direction of the Shaker Heights Police Department conduct sharpshooting on public lands and on private property when allowed by property owners and where deer can be harvested safely and humanely. The marksmen receive additional training in the Cleveland Metroparks to simulate the environment in which they will be working. “Do Not Enter – Deer Management Area” signs where deer management operations occur and radio contact with SHPD officers on patrol prevent citizens from wandering into the operational area. In the event of an unauthorized entry into the area, no shots are fired and individuals are asked to leave. Culled deer are transported to a processor for dressing and preparation for donation to a local food bank.

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1. What is the City’s deer culling program?
2. Why is the City culling deer?
3. If the City has culled deer for a few years, why is there still a need to continue doing so?
4. Why can’t we just plant unpalatable landscape plantings or use repellents to deter the deer?
5. Can the City use nonlethal methods to manage the deer population?
6. Why is the City expanding its deer culling to include private property?
7. How will culling work on private property?
8. What are the protocols for culling on private property?
9. What if I object to my neighbor’s decision to cull on his/her private property?
10. How will the City ensure the safety of anyone in the area when deer culling occurs on private property?
11. What is done with the culled deer?
12. Shaker Heights isn’t the only City that has identified a deer management problem. Why isn’t Shaker working with our neighboring cities on a deer management program?
13. Does the City have a leash law?
14. How many dogs may I have?
15. Do I need a dog license?