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Don’t feed or make food available to deer. Supplemental feeding does more harm than good and is illegal inside the city limits. Additional information can be found on the City of Austin website: www.austintexas.gov/department/deer-feeding-ordinance .
*Austin Wildlife Rescue, Inc. (www.austinwildliferescue.org) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that rehabilitates and releases orphaned, sick or injured animals, and educates the public on how to co-exist with wildlife.
In 2009, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the "Intentional Feeding of Deer." Supplemental feeding contributes to overpopulation of deer by artificially increasing birth and survival rates. This results in property damage from over-browsing of local vegetation and ornamental plants. Moreover, it congregates unnaturally high numbers of deer into busy urban areas where they become traffic hazards, less fearful of humans and more susceptible to disease transmission within the herd.
Within the city limits last year, the Austin Police Department reported 63 deer-involved vehicle collisions and 517 dead deer were removed by the City of Austin's Solid Waste Services Department. For more information, contact the Austin-Travis County Health Department at 972-5692, or visit www.austintexas.gov/animals/deer.
Source: Austin Energy Customer News, June, 2011
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