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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.

Save Austin $$$ - Save Austin Deer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Monday, 20 December 2010 09:20

If you are opposed to deer sharp-shooters and all other trap-and-kill measures in our neighborhood, your action is needed NOW:

  1. Stop feeding deer in the neighborhood. This is a no-cost, long-term solution to reducing the population. Additional food intake increases reproductive rates and promotes migration from their natural habitat.
  2. Vote NO on NWACA ballot. Do not support reducing the deer population by lethal methods. Killing or trapping promotes higher birth rates in the surviving population and must be ongoing.
  3. Contact Austin City Council members. Voice your opposition to deer sharp-shooters and all other trap-and-kill measures in our neighborhood.
  4. Reach out to neighbors, organizations, newspapers and other publications. Make your opposition to urban deer killing known.
  5. Register on this website. Receive important updates regarding this issue.

Don’t fund deer killing with your tax $$$!

Last Updated on Monday, 20 December 2010 09:25
 
Response to Deer Survey Report, No. 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Monday, 13 December 2010 06:38

From Glynn Harmon:

I have looked at  Plateau Land and Wildlife Management's "Deer Survey Report and Management Recommendations for 78731 Zip Code, 2010" document. Although this survey is ostensibly thorough and rigorous and contains some sound data, the survey has a few flaws and appears to be based on some specious assumptions.

 
DeerAustin Response to the Deer Survey Report and Management Recommendations for 78731 ZIP Code PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:00
The Deer Survey Report submitted by Plateau Land & Wildlife Management (Plateau) is biased, inaccurate and intended to yield a specific result. It manipulates data to achieve a desired outcome; cites negative, misleading and anecdotal evidence as fact and is inaccurate. Examples are noted below, with supporting information attached. Page numbers refer to the Plateau report.
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:24
 
Realities of hunting as a population control: Why there are so many deer today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Monday, 29 November 2010 20:28

Although counterintuitive, the truth is hunting isn't much of a population control tool. There are a number of reasons why this is the case, the most significant being the fact that once a portion of a wildlife herd is removed, the remaining animals have more food to eat. This rather straightforward reality has some subtle implications.

Hunting simply decreases the competition for food among the animals that survive a hunt. As the potential for malnutrition is reduced, the incidence of death and disease is reduced. The animals left behind will be better fed, become stronger and their potential for reproduction will increase. As quite clearly stated in the college textbook "Wildlife Ecology and Management" (Fifth Edition, Pearson Education, Inc. 2003), "[h]unting mortality is frequently compensatory because it usually increases the life expectancy of individuals surviving the hunt, promotes higher reproductive rates, or does both..."
Click here to read the full story.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 20:29
 
Keep in Touch with Deer Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 13:02

Please keep in touch with Deer Austin efforts by registering on this site. (See "Log In/Out" link on the left navigation panel.) Your contact information will be kept private. Thanks!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 13:04
 
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