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Shaker Heights city council votes unanimously to approve the deer culling contract

Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 09:07:46-04

CLEVELAND — On Monday night, Shaker Heights City Council voted unanimously to approve the deer culling contract as proposed, according to Jeri Chaikin, Clerk of Shaker Heights City Council.

Controlling the deer population will be handled by a company started by a retired Shaker Heights police officer.

The retired police lieutenant was one of two officers assigned to the city’s deer culling program when it was started three years ago. The new program would allow culling to happen on private property, but only if a resident asks the city for help and neighbors agree.

The vote was 7 to 0 in favor of the contract with Precision Wildlife LLC for an amount not to exceed $68,000 for deer culling this year, according to Nancy Moore, of Shaker Heights City Council.

“I think it’s better for the city as a whole,” said Susie Sharp, a Shaker Heights resident.

Other people we talked to disagree with the program but would not talk with us on camera. Neither the Shaker Heights Police Chief or the Mayor returned our calls for comement.