Step-by-Step Process for Avon Lake Residents to Deal with Deer Damage
- Landowner recognizes they have a deer problem (flowers, bushes or property chewed, scat, garden & property damage, etc).
- Landowner reviews Deer Damage Control guide on ways to address the deer problem they recognized.
- If the problem was not fixed using the Deer Damage Control information, the landowner can call the Division of Wildlife Officer at 330-245-3032 to seek further guidance on their deer problem.
- If a determination from the phone conversation between the resident and the Division of Wildlife or the Wildlife Officer is that a site visit is needed, a mutually agreed appointment will be made.
- Based on that visit the Division of Wildlife may issue a Deer Damage Control Permit (“DDCP”), if so, within 15 days after receiving the DDCP the resident must fill out an application for a Municipal Deer Control Permit (“MDCP”) from the City of Avon Lake through the Avon Lake Police Department.
- After submission of an application for a MDCP through the City of Avon Lake, a site visit will be made within 15 business days by the Chief of Police or his designee to determine if the property in the application is deemed a safe place to utilize the DDCP issued by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
- If the resident is then issued a MDCP by the City of Avon Lake, they are able to utilize the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s DDCP while following all rules and regulations as set forth on both the Deer Damage Control Permit and Municipal Deer Control Permit.
- Any deer killed under a MDCP must be reported to the Avon Lake Police Dispatch at 440-933-4567 within 24 hours of tagging the deer. All antlers must be turned over to a Wildlife Officer or division representative as outlined in Condition #14 of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Deer Damage Control Permit.