Thinning the herd

Initiative aims to decrease deer population.
Andy Ouriel
Jan 1, 2014

 

A relatively new Erie MetroParks initiative aiming to decrease the area’s ample deer population is seemingly working.

For the past two years, district officials have allowed restricted amounts of deer hunting at Edison Woods MetroPark. The hunting period typically lasts for a few days.

People, through a lottery system, can pay $5 per application for a chance to hunt.

“The deer are overpopulated for that area, and this was a request from the people of the county to be able to hunt on MetroPark land,” said Amy Bowman-Moore, the district’s executive director. This “helps harvest out the excess deer population”

District-led studies conclude about 116 deer per square mile are roaming throughout the area, equating to almost three times above the desired amount.

The hunts have helped control the population, killing almost 30 deer since 2012.

“Erie MetroParks does an analysis annually for the deer population,” Bowman-Moore said. “This information is sent to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio EPA for permission for a hunt to help control the deer population”