Solon is having a hell of a time deciding how best to kill its extra deer. A previous sharpshooting project rid the city of about 600 Bambi-types in the first year but didn’t have the desired result. Vehicle-deer collisions went up from 45 to 64.
Citing budget problems, city council decided to phase out the sharpshooting program and instead thought they would try out a little crossbow hunting. Themselves.
According to Sun News, several city officials were eager to become one of the six to 10 “experienced crossbow hunters” needed for the small-scale deer-harvesting event, which would not be open to hunters from the general public.
This idea didn’t go over well at all with the Solon citizenry.
The city has now shelved the legislation that would have allowed crossbow hunting to happen. Sun News reported:
[Mayor Susan] Drucker took the opportunity to “dispel several misstatements” regarding city employees who had “volunteered their time, services and expertise to the city at no expense and with no financial gain” to hunt the deer, whose population is believed to have grown from 450 to 694 between 2009 and 2010.
Now Solon is back to square one. Square one consists of paying for an aerial study that will tell them exactly how many deer they actually have, before they jump ahead and start swapping venison recipes.