Citizens concerned after dead doe found in Avon Lake backyard

Deer culling concerns in Avon Lake neighborhood
Fawn found on deck in backyard. (Source: Mark and Linda Piscioneri)
Fawn found on deck in backyard. (Source: Mark and Linda Piscioneri)

AVON LAKE, OH (WOIO) - Avon Lake resident Mark Piscioneri and his wife say they woke Sunday morning to the sounds of a Doe crying in their backyard -- something he says was traumatic. He even took pictures of the animal.

"I noticed that she was in some distress and at closer inspection I saw that she was shot and was bleeding. You could tell that she was in pain. She was still alive," said Mark Piscioneri.

But the doe died minutes later. Piscioneri's backyard is right up against the Metroparks where he sees deer walking through the woods every day.

But what he says he saw Sunday has him concerned.

"We know that there needs to be something done about the deer population but this something we were warning the city about, and they assured us that absolutely not, that it couldn't take place," explained Mark Piscioneri.

But, he says it did. Moments after spotting the wounded doe, he and his wife called police who he says told them that there was a hunter out culling the herd, and that the doe must have gotten away, running about 3 or 4 blocks through the woods before collapsing and dying in his backyard. Police took the doe away.
Now, Piscioneri hopes more will be done to let residents know about the potential culling dangers.

"I would like to see them not only post signs in the area, but, also post it on the website. Let people know that at any given time there are 100 people within range of where they're shooting," added Piscioneri.

Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka told us that he knows about the incident and says that there was some confusion over how the deer was wounded.

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