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.

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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

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.

Deer Management 

Please note that Morton Park, Garfield Park, & Black Brook Golf Course will be CLOSED intermittently the week of February 23, 2020 for deer management activities. Signs will be posted at those locations on the day of the closure. This information may change without notice. 

Deer are classified as nuisance animals.  It is unlawful to feed the deer in Mentor.

Over the years, overpopulation 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 ongoing Deer Management Plan has been 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.

Since 2013, the City has also implemented a monitored hunting and culling program to maintain herds at sustainable levels. The result has been a marked reduction in traffic accidents as well as improved biodiversity throughout the city.


The Whitetail Mann, Steve Mann
Madison (440) 728-6927  – Call for appointment

Geauga Bow & Outdoor Sports
15622 W. High St, Middlefield
(440) 632-1245

Great Lakes Outdoor Supply
14855 N. State Ave, Middlefield
(440) 632-9151

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.

There a lot of variables to consider when choosing plants for your yard including soil type, moisture, hardiness zone, amount of sunlight, color of the bloom, and maintenance requirements. One thing that is often overlooked is the origin of the species, is it native or is it non-native?

Native plants promote biodiversity and create food, shelter, and medicine for animals. Non-native species lack competitors and tend to create monocultures that choke out native species and eliminate the food source and shelter upon which so many species in our ecosystem are dependent upon.

Choose native plants such as Purple Coneflower, Ox-Eye Daisy,Black-Eyed Susan, and Butterfly Milkweed. These colorful wildflowers will brighten your garden as well as attract pollinators. If you are looking for shrubs or larger native plants, Northern Bayberry, Serviceberry, and Dogwood species are great landscape options that will attract birds.

For more information about native plants, contact Mentor Natural Resources at (440) 974-5717.

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) 644-2293 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.