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Please sign our petition. For those who haven't yet seen it, the text reads: "We, the undersigned, oppose (1) deer killing/harvesting in the City of Austin and (2) the use of City funds for deer killing." As of Saturday, February 19, we have MORE than 500 signatures, with approximately 300 from the 78731 and 78759 ZIP codes. Thank you, all! Keep up the good work!


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About DeerAustin.org

The organizers of this site are neighbors who live in the 78731 zip code in Austin, TX. We have joined together to oppose any and all deer harvesting and trap-and-kill procedures in our neighborhood and city.

We invite you to read our posts, learn about living in Austin with white-tailed deer and speak out against the needless killing of wild animals.

Thanks for visiting this site. We're glad you're here.

Charlotte Flynn: A True Role Model PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Friday, 24 April 2015 05:11
With sadness, we report the passing of another friend, neighbor and urban deer advocate, Charlotte Flynn. Thank you, Charlotte, for your support of DeerAustin and our community – and for your passion. We learned a lot from you. Link to Charlotte's obituary.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 05:25
 
‎Thanks and Farewell, Lynn Smith PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:03

Our hearts go out to the family of Lynn Smith, our DeerAustin friend and neighbor who passed away on February 1. She was a passionate advocate for our neighborhood deer and a true artist who loved to capture these wildlife beauties...with her camera. Thank you, Lynn. (Visit the DeerAustin Facebook page to see more of Lynn's photos.)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 06:18
 
Austin rewrites deer overpopulation policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Friday, 28 June 2013 05:44

DeerAustin...YOU made this happen. Congratulations! Keep up the vigilance. Keep up the enthusiasm! You've helped to make our city a national role model.

Austin rewrites deer overpopulation policy

published Friday, June 28, 2013

BY JAMES BARRAGAN - AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

The city of Austin will revamp the way it deals with overpopulation of deer after two formerly opposed neighborhood groups joined together to give recommendations on the issue.

The City Council on Thursday approved the recommended changes, which mostly center around launching educational programs to teach residents how to coexist with deer.

“Education is everything because the deer aren’t going to go away,” said Cecelia Burke, who serves on the wildlife commission of the Northwest Austin Civic Association.

The policy encourages residents to plant deer-resistant vegetation and use appropriate fencing to keep the animals out. It also calls for more street signs to warn drivers about deer, as well as speed monitoring. Also, city crews will now pick up dead deer on private property. A wildlife ecologist from the Humane Society helped craft the policy.

In 2009, the City Council approved a “no-feed” ordinance for the deer. Feeding deer near homes makes them accustomed to being around humans. The ordinance carries a $75 to $125 fee for violations.

A 2010 report by a consultant firm found that there were about 400 deer in an area of Northwest Hills that was only suitable for 100.

Since then, city officials and residents have searched for ways to improve what they call a human-deer cohabitation issue.

The city’s Animal Advisory Commission brought together two groups, the Northwest Austin Civic Association and Deer Austin, which had been at odds about how to manage the deer population, particularly over the use of lethal action. Some members of the civic association favored lethal action and Deer Austin opposed it.

They agreed on non-lethal techniques for managing the deer population.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 05:51
 
Couldn't Attend Laura Simon's Presentation on Deer? Watch it Online. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Sunday, 23 September 2012 08:31

At the Animal Advisory Commission meeting on September 20, Laura Simon, from the Humane Society of the United States, reframed the deer discussion. She said that instead of focusing on a "Deer Management" plan, we should be working toward Deer Conflict Management.  Laura offered many practical solutions for living humanely with deer. Click here to watch a tape of the meeting.

 
National Expert to Weigh in on Austin Deer Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Sunday, 16 September 2012 06:52

Laura Simon, a nationally renowned wildlife expert from the Humane Society of the United States, will address issues related to the humane management of urban deer populations at a special called meeting of the Austin Animal Advisory Commission Sept. 20. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Austin City Hall Council Chambers, 301 W. Second St. Everyone is welcome! More details can be found on the City of Austin website.

 
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