South Euclid Participates in Multi-Year Deer Population Study | Local news

The town of South Euclid is participating in a three to five year study to determine the feasibility of managing the white-tailed deer population through fertility control. This program was developed through collaboration between Cuyahoga County Councilor Sunny Simon and the Town of South Euclid. The program focuses on South Euclid Wards 3 and 4 on the south side of town.

Under a research permit issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, veterinarians and capture professionals managed by an ecosystem and wildlife population research consultant, White Buffalo Inc. anesthetizes, sterilizes and mark of female deer from December 11 to 21. Volunteers will participate in the program.

“So many communities across the country want to know if it is possible to manage their overabundant deer herds through non-lethal means alone,” said Anthony J. DeNicola, president of White Buffalo Inc. in a statement. “Ongoing research in South Euclid will help provide definitive answers. “

Based on the findings of the Clifton’s deer research project in Cincinnati, it is estimated that the first year of operation will significantly limit herd growth due to reduced calving rate, the deer population is expected to stabilize and then gradually decrease over time through natural attrition, with the rate of attrition depending in part on deer migration patterns.

South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo, City Councilor Sara Continenza and Simon said in a statement, “We are proud to collaborate with White Buffalo, Inc. in their groundbreaking efforts to research humane, efficient and effective deer management methods. sustainable. If successful, we hope the project will serve as a model for municipalities to replicate in Northeast Ohio. “

Cuyahoga County Council awarded a grant of $ 85,000 to South Euclid to cover expenses for the first year of the program.

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