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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.

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DeerAustin Presents to PHHS Committee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:00

Robin Abbott did a fantastic job at today's Public Health and Human Services Committee meeting. Thank you, Robin! (Click below...Item 3...to see her in action, as well as the MANY neighbors who attended and spoke out in favor of our neighborhood deer.)

Video of PHHS committee meeting (4/17/12)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:04
 
Be Deer Smart During Fawning Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:24
The fawning season has begun, although the newborns may not be visible to the casual observer for several weeks. The newborns are not visible because of excellent camouflage of their coats and their mother's care in hiding them from predators. Because deer are frequently seen in and around some Austin neighborhoods, the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department wants to remind residents to be aware of the best ways to protect themselves and respect wildlife.  Now is the time to remind your children and neighbors to be deer-smart for the deer’s safety and your own. Full story at http://www.austintexas.gov/news/be-deer-smart-during-fawning-season
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:32
 
Your Attendance is Needed on Tuesday, March 20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:49

Robin Abbott and Teresa Ferguson will speak at next week's Austin City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 3 p.m., at City Hall, 301 W. Second St. We will present our recommendations about deer in Northwest Austin to the committee (Council Members Mike Martinez, Laura Morrison and Chris Riley). Please join us, DeerAustin friends! City Hall garage parking is free. More details: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/public-health-and-human-services-committee

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:07
 
No Change Needed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Monday, 27 February 2012 20:50

DeerAustin represents hundreds of Northwest Hills residents who view deer in our neighborhood as an enhancement to our quality of life. NWACA does not represent our views on this issue, and has no mandate for their current action.

Last year, after much consideration, the city determined that the best course of action was to 1) educate the public about living compatibly with deer and 2) continue to monitor the impact of the no-feed ordinance for a period of several years.  Even though the city has not fully met the ordinance's requirement for education and outreach, something is working. The number of deer-involved collisions, as posted on the city's website (http://www.austintexas.gov/page/deer-reports), is dramatically lower for 2011 compared to 2010 and 2009.

DeerAustin believes the ordinance is working and does not need to be changed at all. We believe NWACA's proposed amendments are unnecessary.

 
The NWACA Illusion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   
Friday, 24 February 2012 06:23

We are very concerned about NWACA's presentation to City Council members about deer in our neighborhood - and their mission to add stronger language to the no-feed ordinance. City staff said that they only received 23 complaints (about deer) in 2011...and none so far in 2012. Twenty-three complaints from more than 5,000 households in Northwest Hills. And some of those complaints were from the same people. And yet NWACA claims that deer are the biggest threat to our neighborhood. Really? Watch the presentation (link: http://austintx.swagit.com/play/02212012-522), then add your voice to the discussion by writing to the City Council (link: http://www.austintexas.gov/mail/all-council-members). NWACA isn't the only stakeholder in this discussion.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 06:37
 
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