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Mission: to garner support for non-lethal methods of deer population control in Lyndhurst, Ohio
Lyndhurst and 7 neighboring suburbs conducted an infrared aerial study of the deer population from Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015. Lyndhurst was found to have an average of about 9 deer per square mile. This figure is fewer than the numbers found in University Heights (about 14 deer/sq mile), South Euclid (12), Mayfield Heights (11), and Beachwood (35).
Official police reports were obtained showing car accidents involving deer from Jan. 2014 - Jan. 2016. There were 31 incidents in total, with the majority (19) being on Richmond Road and Cedar Rd. Of all 31 accidents, no human injury was reported.
The CDC reports the incidence of Lyme disease in Ohio at .8, less than 1% of the population. Additionally, as of Dec. 2015, Cuyahoga County was not listed as an endemic county for Lyme, meaning there were less than 2 confirmed human cases and no infected ticks had been confirmed. Lyme disease is contracted through ticks, which are not found exclusively on deer. Chipmunks, mice, squirrels, and opossum also carry ticks.
Deer repellent sprayed on gardens is very effective in warding off deer. Plenty of residents in Lyndhurst have stunning gardens; ask them what they use or visit your local garden center!