Deer & Other Nuisance Animals

Wildwood Cultural Center and Krueger Park are closed 2/2/16, Black Brook Golf Course is closed 2/3/16 and Morton Park is closed 2/4/16, due to the City of Mentor’s Deer Management Program. There will be no access to the facilities or parks on the date they are closed.

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.

List of Deer Resistant Plants

Have you sustained damage or injury resulting from a deer encounter?

Please click here to complete the Deer Nuisance Report Survey

The city is also collecting data on how our residents interact with deer in their neighborhood. Click below to take our brief survey. Thank you.

Please click here to complete the City of Mentor Resident Deer Encounter Survey



The 2015/2016 Mentor Deer Hunting Permit Packet is available online or may be picked up at the Mentor Recreation Department, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

2015/2016 Mentor Deer Hunting Permit Packet


Report your harvested deer using this form: Deer Harvest Report Form


The following locations offer archery hunter qualification testing for a small fee:

Geauga Bow and Outdoor Sports
Middlefield (440) 632-1245

Great Lakes Outdoors
Madison (440) 428-0313

Great Lakes Outdoors
Middlefield (440) 632-9151


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.

Tips on Coyotes (video)

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.