Dublin Villager

Two injured deer destroyed after tangling with fence

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Two deer were destroyed last week after tangling with the temporary fence at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Dublin police officers destroyed the animals after receiving reports of severely injured deer on Aug. 13 and 15 in Muirfield Village.

In one instance, the deer lacerated its stomach trying to jump over the fence and in the other, it had broken both rear legs, police reports said.

Dublin police have seen an increase in the number of reports regarding deer this summer, said Jodi Andes, Dublin senior public information officer.

Some residents, however, believe the new fence installed for the upcoming Presidents Cup in October is to blame.

Muirfield resident Mike Bickley has previously addressed Dublin City Council about aesthetics of the perimeter fence and safety.

"Deer get killed all the time. We get that," Bickley said.

"But waking up to a gunshot on Sunday morning is not Dublin," he said.

"It's not Muirfield. That's Cleveland Avenue. No one signed up for that in Dublin."

Bickley leads a group, Keep Muirfield Beautiful, on Facebook and on the page many other residents claim to have seen injured deer around Muirfield.

Bickley said he sees deer in his backyard often and believes the new perimeter fence interrupts the movement and migration the deer are used to.

"The fence just got finished a week ago," he said. "That's two (deer) already. How many is it going to be?"

The fence also carries safety concerns for Bickley when it comes to children and golfers.

"It's just unacceptable," he said.

"A fence is one thing, but even if they put up a fence, it didn't need to be a fence that could potentially kill somebody or kill a deer."

Dublin Nature Education Coordinator Mime Migliore said she gets about seven calls a year regarding deer and they are normally based on deer acting strangely or defensively.

Calls regarding deer struck by vehicles are referred to the street department.

"I've never had a phone call about a deer injured on fences in Dublin," Migliore said. "That's new."

According to information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the deer population statewide appears to be declining slightly, although county-by-county information about the population is set to be released before bow hunting season in September.

Tracking the deer population in Dublin is expensive and not deemed fiscally responsible, so Migliore could provide no numbers for the city.

The state, however, does have a nonrehabilitation law regarding deer, which Migliore said speaks to the high population.

"There's a statewide law that you cannot rehabilitate a deer," she said.

"If it's suffering no one wants to see that... . It's the only choice at this point."