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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.

Solving Problems with Deer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Monday, 22 November 2010 21:05

Some say that deer populations have expanded beyond acceptable limits, damaging yards and gardens, affecting forests, and posing hazards to drivers.

But...there is much to enjoy in sharing a habitat with this graceful, gentle wild neighbor.

Click here to read the full article (courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States, as adapted from the book Wild Neighbors).

Last Updated on Monday, 22 November 2010 21:13
 
DeerAustin on Facebook PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Sunday, 21 November 2010 08:49

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Click on the Facebook icon to visit and "like" our DeerAustin Facebook page. Share with your friends!

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 December 2010 13:44
 
Sharp-shooters: Coming to a Backyard Near You PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 18 November 2010 09:53

Here is a list of links to recent news stories about the 78731 deer study -- and Plateau's recommendation to bring sharp-shooters into our neighborhood to kill up to 300 deer. Click on titles below.

KEYE's Deer overtaking streets and lawns of Northwest Hills

Statesman Watch: Report gives options for controlling deer in Northwest Hills

KEYE's Relocating deer in Northwest Hills?

KVUE's Northwest Hills to consider sharp shooters

KXAN's Deer study in Northwest Austin

Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 14:14
 
Deer Austin: Our Platform PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 11:48


Whereas…

·     Austin is the first Texas Certified Community Wildlife Habitat, promoting the creation and conservation of wildlife habitats through community-wide collaboration and public education (http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/wildlifehabitat.htm)

·     Austin is recognized as a leader in Texas in the provision of animal services. And many stakeholder groups have advocated for Austin to join the ranks of “No Kill” cities. (http://www.ci.austin.tx.us)

·      Austin citizens greatly value trees in their city – with green spaces encouraged and often required in new urban development (http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/forestry.htm)

·      Austin’s green spaces attract wildlife

And whereas…

·      Austin already has adopted an ordinance relating to the intentional feeding of deer (http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/eh_ifodo.htm)

·      Austin, as frequently reported, does NOT have discretionary funds to pay for vital city services, let alone lethal deer harvesting (i.e. KILLING DEER)

 Therefore, be it resolved that…

We, the residents and concerned neighbors of 78731, strongly oppose any and all lethal means to reduce the deer population in our neighborhood and our City. Instead, we propose 1) increasing communication about and enforcement of the City’s existing deer-feeding ordinance; 2) exploring other non-lethal means of wildlife control, e.g. motion-triggered light or noise deterrents; 3) educating residents about the benefits of deer-compatible urban landscapes; and 4) implementing measures to slow traffic in 78731 neighborhoods to protect all persons, animals and property.

Other points:

1.    Lethal harvesting (i.e. KILLING DEER) is expensive. As Austin recovers from the most recent recession and braces for additional cuts in state funding expected in the next Texas legislative session, AND as we face already-imposed cuts to valuable city / community services, we ask: Does the City really have the discretionary funds to pursue such a controversial measure as the lethal harvesting of deer?

2.    The green spaces in the 78731 zip code are interwoven and interconnected with our homes and neighborhood parks. Any animal trap-and-kill activities in these spaces will be taking place ADJACENT to our backyards, playgrounds, etc. The potential harmful effect on children who happen to witness or are otherwise exposed to these activities is unthinkable.

3.    Lethal harvesting (i.e. KILLING DEER) is a short-term “fix.” When animals are killed/removed from the area, more will simply move in to occupy the newly vacant niche. The resultant spike in the food supply will prompt accelerated breeding and an increase in deer population numbers. What you will have is a vicious killing cycle in which many animals will suffer and die needlessly. The only long-term way to control deer populations is to contain available food sources and modify the affected area so that it is unattractive or inaccessible to them. (Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 14:15
 
Deer Survey Results: Resident Participation & Feedback Needed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Thursday, 18 November 2010 06:46

The City-sponsored deer survey report (produced by Plateau) is available on the city's website at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/default.htm. There is a link to the report under "News."

According to the report..."Based on vehicular cruise and browse utilization surveys, the deer population in the Northwest Hills area is currently at a crisis stage. Deer populations are very high, causing increased deer-human conflicts as well as habitat degradation in natural areas. The ecological carrying capacity of the Northwest Hills area is far exceeded. Whether the cultural carrying capacity is currently being exceeded is up to area residents to  determine. It is our recommendation that decisive action in the form of deer removal be taken. Given various attributes of the study area, the use of either sharpshooters or Trap, Transport, and Process is recommended. Deer populations south of FM 2222 but within the 78731 zip code are much lower than those of Northwest Hills. Immediate action does not appear to be necessary in this area. For the entire 78731 zip code, we recommend tracking deer-human conflicts and continuing with deer surveys. We also recommend that more thorough vegetation surveys be conducted in open-space areas."

Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 14:15
 
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