Wildlife Management

Enjoying wildlife in our parks

When visiting natural areas, many people search for wild animals. It’s exciting to see an unusual bird or animal in its natural environment. There are several ways to safely observe and learn about wild animals in Lake Metroparks without harming them.

Please do not feed or handle animals

 

 


Wildlife tips

Feeding, handling and transporting wildlife is harmful.

Photo by Dave MillsMany people find it enjoyable to go to a park to feed the waterfowl and other animals. Some catch frogs to take home. Others leave unwanted pets in the parks. These activities may seem harmless, but in fact, they can be very harmful to wildlife. The greatest threats to wildlife in Lake Metroparks are caused by humans.

Feeding wildlife creates unhealthy conditions.

Animals congregate in areas where they are fed, causing several problems. They exceed the carrying capacity of their habitats and become overcrowded. High levels of fecal material are concentrated in one area, which causes unsanitary conditions for animals and people.

Diseases can be passed from one animal to another when .areas are overcrowded. Processed foods such as bread, popcorn and cereal are “junk food” to wild animals. They lack many of the nutrients the animals need in order to stay healthy. Please help animals stay wild and healthy.
Do not feed them!

Feeding wildlife causes loss of wild instincts.

Wild animals that are hand-fed can lose their natural instincts to migrate and search for food. They become dependent on humans for food and lose their healthy fear of them. Hand-fed animals lose their ability to care for themselves.

Releasing pets in Lake Metroparks is illegal.
Domesticated animals harm park habitats, property and even visitors. They can spread serious diseases and harm wildlife. If you find a stray or have a pet that you can no longer care for, contact the Lake County Humane Society at
440-951-6122.

The Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center

The mission of the Wildlife Center is to reduce human impact on native Ohio wildlife through education and rehabilitation. Each year, nearly 2,000 injured or orphaned animals receive first aid and rehabilitation at the Wildlife Center. Patients include backyard wildlife like rabbits and songbirds and endangered species like peregrine falcons and bald eagles. Many eventually recover from their injuries and resume their lives in the wild.

The Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center is home to permanently injured Animal Ambassadors such as reptiles, mammals and birds of prey. These animals assist staff in teaching about wildlife issues and conservation. Visit the Wildlife Yard to get an up-close look at all of the amazing animals! The yard is open 9 am to 5 pm daily.

Enjoying wildlife in Lake Metroparks

When visiting natural areas, many people search for wild animals. It’s exciting to see an unusual bird or animal in its natural environment. There are several ways to safely observe and learn about wild animals in Lake Metroparks without harming them.

Check out the current issue of Parks Plus! and check the calendar of events for nature programs. Go on an owl prowl or look for bats, frogs or other wildlife. Join a naturalist on a guided walk and learn more about the wildlife in Lake County.

Volunteering on the wild side

Get close to wildlife through volunteering! Lake Metroparks volunteers help wildlife by surveying animals and birds through Citizen Science projects, restoring and maintaining habitats and caring for animals at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center. For more information, visit lakemetroparks.com or call the volunteer program manager at 440-585-3041 x6418.

2014-15 Controlled Hunt Program

To view the 2014-2015 Wildlife Management Hunting Assignments

  • Click here
  • Call Lake Metroparks Registration Department at 440-358-7275
  • Visit the Lake Metroparks Registration Department in person
    11211 Spear Rd.
    Concord Twp, OH 44077

Regionally and throughout the state, changes in habitat and the elimination of natural predators have allowed deer herds to grow to unnatural densities. In order to restore and maintain a balanced ecosystem, Lake Metroparks implemented and has conducted a deer management program since 2011.

  • Participation in the 2014-15 controlled, archery-only hunt will be limited to Lake County residents or business owners 18 years of age or older.
  • Applications for the fall/winter 2014-15 Controlled Hunt Program are now closed.

Locations

For the 2014-15 Controlled Hunt Program, archery hunting will take place at River Road Park in Madison Township, Indian Point Park and the Blair Road Property in Leroy Township, and Lake Erie Bluffs in Perry Township.   Assignment to a particular hunting time and location is dependent upon the order in which an applicant’s number is drawn in the lottery.

Participants selected in the lottery to hunt at River Road Park hunt from specific sites designated by Lake Metroparks. Tree stands are provided for hunters. Hunters may choose to bring their own tree stands or blinds while hunting provided that they are professionally manufactured and placed within 50 yards of their designated stand location.

Participants selected in the lottery to hunt at Indian Point Park and Lake Erie Bluffs hunt within assigned areas designated by Lake Metroparks. Participants may choose a specific hunting location within their assigned area, provided that their site is not within a designated safety zone.  Hunters choosing to hunt from elevated positions must provide their own tree stand or blind provided they are professionally manufactured.

Participants selected to hunt at the Blair Road Property hunt within a general area designated by Lake Metroparks.  Participants may select a specific hunting site within this area provided that the site is not located within a designated safety zone.  Hunters choosing to hunt from elevated positions must provide their own tree stand or blind provided they are professionally manufactured.

Lottery results will be posted September 3, 2014.

Click here for a complete list of updated rules and regulations.

Proficiency Test

All participants must demonstrate skill proficiency using his/her own equipment. Four out of five shots OR eight out of ten shots must land into 7.5” target at 12 yards. No practice shots permitted prior to test; maximum of ten shots permitted per test. One “fail to qualify” permitted per season (test may be retaken one time). The proficiency test may be taken at either Great Lakes Outdoor Supply (6595 N. Ridge Rd., Madison, 440-428-0313) or Gander Mountain (9620 Diamond Centre Dr., Mentor, 440-639-8545). Each participant is responsible for scheduling his/her own test; store staff will administer the test and determine whether a participant has successfully passed. You are required to bring your passed proficiency test with you to the mandatory meeting.

Mandatory Meetings

Participants are required to attend one mandatory meeting for their assigned group to be held at Lake Metroparks headquarters at Concord Woods located at 11211 Spear Rd. in Concord Twp., Ohio 44077. Those selected for groups one (1) through three (3) are asked to attend this meeting at 2pm on Sunday, September 14. Those selected for groups four (4) through six (6) are asked to attend this meeting at 2pm on Sunday, November 9.

Property Access by Participants

After the mandatory meeting, participants will be permitted to access the properties to be hunted to familiarize themselves with stand locations and property layout. Participants may also access the property after 12 pm on each of the following dates:10/19, 11/9, 11/30, 21/21 in 2014 and 1/11 in 2015.

Partner System

Each program participant has the opportunity to name one “partner” for their own stand and group assignment. The designated “partner” will be allowed to hunt only when the primary participant chooses not to hunt. The “partner” is required to fill out this partner application, pass the proficiency test and attend the mandatory meeting with their primary program participant before they can hunt. The “partner” is required to bring their proficiency test and completed application with them to the meeting.

Click here to download the Partner Application

Rules and Regulations

Click here for a complete list of updated rules and regulations.

2014-2015 Selection notification

Applicants drawn are required to pass a proficiency test and meet additional requirements prior to receiving a permit. Each permit assigns a hunter a specific stand or hunting area and minimum three-week period during which he/she may participate during Ohio archery deer season. Hunters must follow hunting guidelines established by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and Lake Metroparks.

 

 
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