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Mentor: Poachers hunting on residential streets

Apr 2, 2011

MENTOR -- Guns, maybe even a high-powered rifle, and crossbows have been fired on residential streets .

The area is packed with homes, families, and deer.

The killings are dangerous and wasteful. Residents want it stopped.

It may be against the law but in Mentor Headlands, the deer are hand-fed like ducks in many places.

It draws thousands of them to the area.

Wildlife officer Jason Keller says nine deer have been killed with a gun or crossbow since January.

Firing weapons within city limits is outlawed. Killing deer out-of-season is punishable by a fine and jail time.

In February, Maureen Holan found a deer carcass on the corner of Garden Lane and Jody Lynn Drive. That animal was shot in the head. A second was found in that same spot shot with a crossbow.

"It's not safe. There are too many kids and elderly people. If you are not going to use it for meat, then why do it?" Holan said.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources investigators have few leads. They are asking anyone with information to call the Lake County Wildlife Officer at 330-245-3034.

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