Our natural places offer outstanding opportunities for birding, hiking, kayaking, fishing and other outdoor adventures. From waterways and wildlife to trees, invasive species and parks, the Natural Resources Division is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, study and management of the city’s natural areas.

Outdoor education is also a primary function of this division and you’ll find a listing of the classes, hikes and outreach opportunities offered in the Parks & Recreation Guide. Stay in touch with us on Facebook at Mentor Nature or on Twitter @MentorNature

Deer Management Plan

Deer are classified as nuisance animals.  It is unlawful to feed the deer in Mentor. Their overpopulation has resulted in a substantial increase in deer/vehicle accidents, as well as the growing destruction of plants and trees.

One of the goals of Mentor’s Deer Management Plan is to reduce the number of deer/vehicle accidents. With grant funds received from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the city agreed to test Deer Deter units. The devices have been known to reduce accidents in other states by as much as 70-90%. Mentor is the first city in Ohio to use the system.

Testing Locations

  • The Whitetail Mann, Steve Mann
    Madison 440-728-6927
  • Geauga Bow & Outdoor
    Middlefield 440-632-1245
  • Great Lakes Outdoors
    Middlefield 440-632-9151

Once somewhat rare in our area, an increasing number of coyotes have been spotted in Mentor over the past few years. Coyotes are naturally timid creatures. Seeing them or hearing them howl is not a cause for concern.

Being approached or followed by a coyote, or a coyote directly entering your path is abnormal and should be reported.

To report a coyote sighting, or if you have any questions, contact the City of Mentor Natural Resources Division (440) 974-5717 or email

The City of Mentor recently passed legislation regarding the feeding and care of feral cat colonies.  Interested Animal Welfare Organizations are required to register with the City. Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, more than 75% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. While the growth of cities and subdivisions displaces some wildlife, many species continue to live in the habitat available in parks, undeveloped parcels of land and vacant lots, along stream and river corridors and in our own backyards. The most common nuisance animals are raccoons, bats, skunks and coyotes. Please contact the Lake County Wildlife Officer at (330) 245-3034 for information on how to deal with these animals, or visit the ODNR web site.

Residents also have these options:

  1. Check the phone book for Animal Removal Services.
  2. Call the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543 or the Lake County Cooperative Extension Service at (440) 350-2582 for tips on how to keep nuisance animals out of your yard.
If you notice a dead animal on a city roadway, please contact Mentor Public Works at (440) 974-5781 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. During all other times, call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (440) 974-5789.