5th map "not possible"
HUGE confusion persists over the legislation and areas where hunting (sharpshooting or bow hunting) will be allowed
Council's ordinance, as proposed:
View the latest proposed legislation at http://www.avonlake.org/environmental-committee.html.
Council "unable" to produce a map where they will allow hunting:
On Dec. 3, The Greg Zilka Administration revealed a map where he will consider hunting/culling while he is in office. It eliminates city parks north of Walker, as well as areas near schools, day cares and churches. It also vastly reduces parcels eligible for bow hunting. However, this map DOES NOT reflect the language proposed by Council!
Clarification was requested and the Mayor (not Council!) promised on Dec. 10 to produce such a map. (see media coverage section for details). On January 4, 2013, the Mayor re-sent his map and two examples of why the requested map cannot be created.
Even City Hall Staff are confused and providing inaccurate information in public meetings!
Joe Rietz produce several examples of where bow hunting could occur. One such example, sent by the Mayor, then demonstrated at a Council meeting on Jan. 7, 2013, showed
seven (7) combined parcels! The proposed legislation specifically states that owners of up to three (3) parcels can combine to equal five acres.
3, not 4, not 5 and not 7 as demonstrated by Rietz. Councilman Rob James, sponsor of the hunting legislation re-stated his intentions as outlined in the legislation -
3 parcels. period. So how many residents will put at risk because those who will implement the plan to hunt do not understand the legislation and thusly could allow hunting outside of the intended areas - closer to our homes, kids and pets!
No map, No Vote!
How can Council allow such irresponsible, dangerous legislation to pass when they clearly do not get the implications!
Write and phone members of council to let them know your concerns about the dangers of hunting
in a densely populated, traditionally non-hunting community like Avon Lake!
Dan Bucci - firstname.lastname@example.org 440-930-4185 (at large) Rob James - email@example.com 440-653-9349 (Ward 1)
Martin O'Donnell - firstname.lastname@example.org 440-933-7310 (at large) John Shondel - email@example.com 440-930-6838 (at large)
and a special shout out for the person who brought this horror to Avon Lake - Jennifer Fenderbosch - firstname.lastname@example.org 440-933-4644 (Ward 2)
David Kos - email@example.com Larry Meiners - firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Meiners and Kos are on record opposing bow hunting in residential neighborhoods!
Deer FACTS by the numbers - Council's plan does NOT add up!
Population per square mile data - look at our city compared to others that hunt! We are THE most densely populated !!
How can hunting/culling so close to so many homes ever be safe?
Deer density statistics
Avon Lake has far fewer deer than other cities that hunt. Unbelievably, ODNR has been telling the pro-hunting faction of council that we should have only 40-50 deer in the entire city - that is 4 deer/sq mile. We can find NO OTHER DNR IN THE UNITED STATES that supports this ridiculous density number and that would lead to the wholesale SLAUGHTER of this community's deer herd!
*Source: Avon Lake – Jennifer Fenderbosch’s spotlight survey
Mentor – City Manager as quoted in Mentor Patch – based on partial aerial survey of city
Solon – city website
Solon CALLED OFF HUNTING in 2010 and 2011 – deer density those years was 33/sq mi & 35/sq mi, respectively (source: Solon city website)
Deer vehicle accidents in Avon Lake during 2012 were DOWN! This is important because ODNR tells communities to use this data to determine whether a community has a "deer problem." We will further reduce DVAs when the city moves forward to install equipment to warn drivers of deer near designated roads.
Council President O'Donnell's assertion that culling will reduce DVAs is built on a false premise! National and Ohio Statistics show that injury and death from a DVA occur at high rates of speed - 50 mph or higher (Avon Lake's max speed is 35 mph)! Most victims are not wearing seatbelts!
By comparison, Avon Lake police arrest 2-3x more drunk drivers! Why isn't council doing something about this?
Council's latest proposed legislation will allow hunting in some form 365 days of the year.
That will certainly INCREASE the risk of MORE accidents as frightened, injured deer run into the street and through yards where children play.
Send us your comments! Send an email to: Avonlakedeer@hotmail.com
Sign the "No Hunting" Petition NOW
Click HERE to sign the online petition opposing hunting in our neighborhoods!.
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