The deer population is increasing across the state of Ohio.
While that means good news for hunters, it's causing some problems at some of the state's nature preserves. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves says one such negative impact is that the state's wildflower, the large flowered trillium, can no longer be found at some of these sites because the areas are being over-browsed for deer.
Muzzleloader deer hunting season begins this Saturday.
Licensed hunters may hunt deer and small game from a half hour before sunrise til sunset. So far, Ohioans have killed 228,000 deer this hunting season. That is 9,000 more than last year.
"If the trend continues we will see more than were taken last year, a total of roughly 21 thousand were taken during the muzzle loader season last year," says Ryan Fink, the Ag Specialist for Muskingum Soil and Water.
A new ordinance in the city of Newark is proposing to allow bow hunting of deer with in the city limits.
Don Ellington, a Fifth Ward Councilman, says Newark has a serious deer problem and efforts through non-lethal means have not worked. The new ordinance would be similar to Granville's urban deer hunting program and require hunters to obtain an additional license.
Hunting would not take place near bike paths, homes, streets or schools, and only bow hunting would be...