Nuisance & Stray Animal Concerns
Deer Feeding Ordinance
In response to community concerns about the deer population in Worthington, City Council adopted an ordinance at its May 9, 2022 meeting prohibiting the intentional feeding of deer. The ordinance will go into effect on July 1, 2022, allowing for an educational period for residents. Here are a few basic things you should know:
- This legislation prohibits people from purposely feeding or making food available for consumption by deer on private or public property within the City.
- Commercially purchased bird feeders are not prohibited.
- Complaints will be primarily handled by the Planning and Building Department code enforcement officer.
Worthington residents value our community's natural and peaceful landscape, which is just one of the reasons Worthington is a wonderful place to call home. Wildlife also values the same qualities in its environment, which sometimes brings unwelcome visitors to our neighborhoods, creates conflicts, destruction of gardens and landscaping, and possible health risks.
The City of Worthington occasionally receives questions from residents about nuisance, stray animals, or other pests. According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, common types of nuisance wildlife include animals such as bats, roosting birds, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, snakes, squirrels, woodpeckers, groundhogs, and deer. While the City does not provide animal control services, we do want to provide resources and information to help you find solutions if animals or pests become a nuisance or health concern.
As Central Ohio continues to grow, the abundance of wildlife is adapting to dwindling natural habitats and capitalizing on the new food sources and nesting opportunities. Most times we can coexist peacefully with the beautiful array of birds, rabbits, squirrels, and other creatures that take up residence in our yards and public parks, but some wildlife can become unwelcome “tenants,” causing destruction to property and, in some cases, posing a health risk.
One thing that residents can do to keep wildlife from becoming a nuisance or danger is to avoid intentional feeding. For more information on animal feeding click here.
Stray Dogs and Other Animals
Dead Animal Removal
Share Your Concerns
If you notice unusual behavior and believe an animal to be sick or in distress, contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-WILDLIFE (800) 945-3543 or visit wildohio.gov.
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More Information on Foxes
Encountering a Fox
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Encountering a Coyote
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Signs You May Have Skunks
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Signs You May Have Squirrels and/or Raccoons
More Information on Rodents
Signs You May Have Rats or Mice