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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.

Living with Deer (and loving it!) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robin Abbott   
Sunday, 06 November 2011 08:28

The deer watching is amazing right now.  The fawns are big enough to run with their mothers, and the bucks have full antlers.  Those of us in Northwest Austin who are lucky enough to see deer all have our favorites.  When I see my little flock on the way to work in the morning, it makes my day!

Because  it is mating season, the deer are especially active and, as a result, they can get into a little deer trouble.  One of our DeerAustin friends reported a deer caught in a wrought iron fence at Adirondack and Steck on November 3rd (Thanks, Deb!).  Several caring neighbors were trying to help the deer. Animal control was called but was very slow to respond.  We have not heard the outcome so if you have, please let us know. 

If you find a deer caught in a fence, call Preston at Wildlife Rescue.  His direct number is 913-9090.  The number for Wildlife Rescue is 472-9453.  You can find it on the web at www.austinwildliferescue.org. The Wildlife Rescue answering system will also give you Preston's number. 

Here is some additional information that might be helpful:

For injured deer or to report illegal hunting, call the Game Warden at 389-4848.  Austin 311 can also route you to the Game Warden.

For dead deer pickup, call Austin 311.  Be prepared to give the operator an address or otherwise be able to describe the location of the deer.

Always remember to walk dogs on leashes, and drive the speed limit or less when deer are present. 

Thank you for supporting DeerAustin!  Greetings, new members!  Keep Austin Deered!

 
Austin American-Statesman: City's Solution for Northwest Hills Deer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 05:42

Here's a Statesman update about deer in Northwest Austin. Of course, members of DeerAustin as well as many other Austinites do NOT see deer as a problem or a nuisance. We think living with deer in the neighborhood actually enhances our quality of life. So slow down, drivers – and plant smart, gardeners. We can do this.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 06:09
 
Questions for Austin City Council Candidates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Monday, 14 March 2011 16:54
Hey there, DeerAustin, what questions will YOU ask the Austin City Council candidates? To reply, click "Add New Comment" below.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2011 18:43
 
Austin City Council Candidates Forum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Monday, 14 March 2011 16:25

We just received the following notice from the Northwest Austin Civic Association (NWACA), so we're passing it along to you. We hope MANY DeerAustin members will attend. By the way, we're compiling a list of all of the candidate forums and will post them here soon. Please attend as many forums as possible – and don't hesitate to ask these candidates about where they stand on a city-wide, no-kill policy for urban deer. They need to know that this issue is vital to so many Austinites, and not just those who live in Northwest Hills. 

NWACA will host a City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 30, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Murchison Middle School, 3700 North Hills Drive.  Each and every candidate running for City Council has been invited to attend. 

In order to make sure candidates are asked questions on issues important to our community, we wanted to invite you to submit questions for this candidate forum.  If you have an issue that you want candidates to address during the candidate forum on Wednesday, March 30, please email your question directly to one of our board members, Kurt Meachum, who will be moderating the forum.  You can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Given the time constraints, we won’t be able to ask ALL questions, but we do want to make an effort to make sure candidates address issues that are important to our members.

To date, here are the candidates who have filed to run for City Council.
 
Candidates filing for Place 1
Roger Chan (This is a new candidate and we assume that he will be invited to participate.)
Josiah J. Ingalls
Council Member Chris Riley

Candidates filing for Place 3
Council Member Randi Shade
Michael "Max" Nofziger
Kathie Tovo
 
Candidates filing for Place 4
Council Member Laura Morrison
Eric J. Rangel


Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2011 18:58
 
Q&A with Council Member Mike Martinez on the Northwest Austin Deer (AustinPost) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 14:21

Just saw an interview with Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, posted by Karie Meltzer on the AustinPost website. Thought we'd share an excerpt here. Click below to read the whole interview.

 

Oh, Deer: Q&A with Council Member Mike Martinez on the Northwest Austin Deer

by Karie Meltzer, AustinPost
Tonight, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., the City of Austin and Travis County Health and Human Services Department will hold a meeting to discuss the deer situation with residents. Representatives from Plateau Land and Wildlife Management, the firm hired to "count" Austin's deer and make recommendations on how to deal with them, will also be there.

Karie: Can you summarize the the basics of the deer problem?

Martinez: This is a longstanding issue. When I first ran for Council in 2006, it was the premiere issue for the Northwest Austin Civic Association (NWACA) and a top priority for all candidates. Voters wanted to know what we'd do about the deer, and the coyotes. It's a symptom of urban interface with wildlife, when you build such a major metropolitan city in a hill country, we’re going to interact to the wildlife that was indigenous to that area, we’re trying to figure out the best way to deal with it...

Read the entire post here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:44
 
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