- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - A suburban Cleveland community has authorized a deer cull for 2016 as deer-vehicle accidents increase.

City Council in Westlake unanimously approved the plan last week to use police, firefighters and possibly sharpshooters to kill deer on city property.

Councilman Michael O’Donnell tells Cleveland.com (https://bit.ly/1Mt7x3s ) the city has received several complaints from residents about damaged property.

The suburb had 35 deer-related vehicle accidents in 2013, 63 last year and 41 so far this year.

Cleveland suburbs Avon Lake and Solon use sharpshooters for deer culling. Other communities are considering bow-hunting.

Westlake will target deer on city parks and golf courses, and private property greater than 175 acres at the owner’s request.

Westlake will pay butchers to process the venison, to be donated to area food banks.

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