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New Law: Avon Lake's solution to its overpopulating deer problems

Avon Lake News Conference concerning deer. (Source: WOIO) Avon Lake News Conference concerning deer. (Source: WOIO)
Officials speaking at news conference. (Source: WOIO) Officials speaking at news conference. (Source: WOIO)
Deer in Avon Lake neighborhood. (Source: WOIO) Deer in Avon Lake neighborhood. (Source: WOIO)
AVON LAKE, OH (WOIO) -

The mayor of Avon Lake held a news conference Tuesday concerning new deer legislation.

According to the ordinance, if a resident's property is damaged by deer they can call the city and apply for what's called a Deer Damage Control Permit. The permit allows them to shoot one deer with a bow and tag it -- just like during hunting season. But for every deer you plan to shoot, you must apply for a separate permit.  

{READ THE ORDINANCE HERE}

Officials say the step-by-step plan will help homeowners put a stop to damages caused by deer.  

Officials believe that this ordinance will offer another general method for not only Avon Lake, but other Ohio communities of similar geography and population density to deal with the deer population growth.

The law, which goes into effect 30 days after the mayor signs it, is the first of its kind in the state.

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