Tuesday, May 24, 2011

News: May 2011

For a detailed discussion of the deer management plan click here.

Here is a sample of news stories on Solon's Deer Management in May 2011

Solon Patch
Deer Management Options Expected at Tonight's Safety Meeting - 5/11

Deer Plan Provides Lethal Options, But Decision Rests With City Council - 5/11

See Solon Times Live Tweeting here.

Solon Times
Lethal methods favored for deer control - 5/18

Solon Sun
Solon lawmakers will consider lethal, non-lethal methods to control deer population - 5/19


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Solon Patch LIVE Coverage

Here are the live tweets from the SolonPatch Twitter Feed, newest first. He used hashtag #deer for this coverage.

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Deer discussion over. Next step: Stanek will talk with USDA about cost of that agency managing deer culling and other programs. #deer

Safety committee votes to remove deer park from management plan. #deer

Russo wants to know how much USDA would charge to run program for #Solon. #deer

USDA could run the deer management program for #Solon. #deer

Kraus is against bow hunting. #deer

Kraus: "It's all about safety." #deer

Councilman Kraus believes in the streiter reflector lights and fencing as good options. #deer

We maybe can find a cheaper sharpshooting company, Stanek said. The last company, White Buffalo, was the "Cadillac" of sharpshooters #deer

Deer vs. car accidents: It's happened everywhere in #Solon, Stanek says. #deer

While sharpshooting is expensive, putting that with crossbow hunting will lower the cost per deer. #deer

Councilman Bill Russo: "Nonlethal means, in terms of controlling the herd, is not practical reality." #deer

Solon should have 206-309 deer in its herd, Stanek says. "We are very far from that." #deer

Stanek on sharpshooting: "It was effective. No on can say it wasn't effective, but unfortunately it's expensive." #deer

Stanek eliminates deer park option: "In my view, trying to apply that technology to the city of Solon would be limited, very limited." #deer

Read a copy of #Solon's deer plan here. http://patch.com/A-hvmV #deer

The plan calls for lethal and nonlethal options. Thing is, Stanek says most of the nonlethal methods are not effective #deer

The question #Solon officials have to answer: what number of deer is acceptable? #deer

In 1970, there were about 17,000 deer in OH. Now there are 750,000. #deer

Public Works Commissioner Jim Stanek: #Solon realized deer population was increasing 4 or 5 months ago. #deer

Read about #Solon's deer plan. http://patch.com/A-hvmV

I've got a copy of Solon's deer management options, which include both lethal and non-lethal options. Article coming soon.  [published here]

#Solon gets deer management options tonight. Are lethal options on the table? Will hunting foes arrive en masse? http://patch.com/A-htnt

Friday, May 6, 2011

Solon Times Editorials

The editorial by Dave Lange meandered on both sides of the fence making the following points:

  • You don't need to be a Solon resident to weigh in on our deer debacles
  • Claims killing deer is less painful than a car accident with them, missing the point that it isn't an either or proposition
  • We kill other animals and eat their meat, why not deer?
  • That only vegetarians should sign the petition to stop inefficient and dangerous killing programs
  • He claims it wasn't urban sprawl, but unchecked deer population growth at fault for problems
  • People who plant tasty treats shouldn't be surprised they are eaten
  • Don't blame lack of predators, they've been gone for 50 years
  • Recognized that the deer were "brought back" to make hunting opportunities
  • Not a "hunting restriction" problem, we have one of the longest seasons and highest bag limits
  • Thinks we need more hunters, not more restrictions
  • Thinks both sides are guilty of "irresponsible scare tactics"
    • Hunters aren't dangerous
    • Rutting Deers aren't dangerous
    • Lyme disease just isn't a problem in North Eastern Ohio
Interesting that Dave mentioned Cheney.  On this post, I mentioned.
" Hunting isn't safe, never has been, never will be. From Vice President Cheney's famous hunting accident to the startling statistics -- According to the International Hunter Education Ass. approximately 1,000 people in the US and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year and just under a hundred of those accidents are fatalities. "
He said
" Finally, irresponsible scare tactics diminish both sides of this debate. You're much more likely to get shot by one of your relatives than by a hunter, including Dick Cheney. "
I can't vouch for Dave's relatives, but I don't believe this is the general case.

See the full editorial here or below.

Right under Dave's editorial is another that is more friendly toward deer, but had a long winded intro to get to this main point.
" For all its successes as a community and in spite of its intelligent citizenry and thoughtful leaders, Solon has not been able to solve its self-inflicted deer problem.  
It should be clear by now gunning down the deer or shooting arrows into them are not solutions, just the cause of other more dangerous problems. 
Perhaps it's time to consider living in peace with the deer by controlling any future growth in the city then educating its two-legged residents on how to coexist with the four-legged ones. All the other failed and ill-advised strategies should be filed forever under, "Only in Solon." "
See the full editorial here or below.