A dozen Cuyahoga County cities now use sharpshooters to reduce their deer numbers

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The use of trained sharpshooters to cull the growing number of deer in Cleveland's suburbs has increased over the past several ye...

January 21, 2023
3:26 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The use of trained sharpshooters to cull the growing number of deer in Cleveland's suburbs has increased over the past several years, while opposition to the lethal method of controlling the population appears to be waning. That's according to Geoff Westerfield, assistant wildlife management supervisor with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. A decade ago, only one city in Cuyahoga County - Solon - was permitted by the state to kill deer as part of a targeted removal effort and now the number is up to 12, he said, with two neighboring cities, Shaker Heights and Beachwood, working together to solve their deer problem.

Peter Krouse