(Lorain County) - On August 14th, a new ordinance will take effect in Avon Lake, allowing homeowners to request the culling of deer by bow and arrow if the animals have caused property damage.

Mayor Greg Zilka says residents must have the police inspect the damage to verify it was caused by deer. If it is, they can request a permit from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, which will be issued only if culling can be done safely.

Zilka tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that deer hunting remains illegal in Avon Lake, but he maintains this is a deer control program, which will be conducted in the safest manner possible.

Zilka claims the city is starting to become overrun by deer and something has to be done to reduce their numbers. He says 87 deer carcasses were removed from Avon Lake roads in 2013.

Zilka reports, they have had two incidents in the last 6 months of deer jumping through windows and getting inside houses.

However, there is opposition to the new ordinance. Some residents claim deer have not caused any major problems, and are concerned that killing the animals is inhumane and dangerous.

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