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Community Example: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Key facts

  • Citizens raised concerns about deer-related damage to property and landscaping as well as an increase in Lyme disease
  • Shaker Heights has an online deer damage form for citizen reporting
  • Deer management actions are pending and will be completed in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Community Size: Medium city (10,000 to 50,000 people)
  • Region: Midwest
    • Plan established in 2015

    Initiated in 2015, Shaker Heights' deer management process is relatively new. The city employed a community survey to help define the problem. They also have a live "deer damage" form on their website. Shaker Heights' Deer Management Task Force published its report in December, 2015 recommending deer management actions including public information and education, continued data collection, and a deer reduction strategy (culling) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.