Blog Category: Wildlife Items

Changes to City of Austin Roles Regarding Deer

The City of Austin has now changed some of the roles responsible for matters relating to deer in our neighborhoods, responding to recommendations of the Deer Working Group. Effective 10/1/13, enforcement of the Intentional Feeding of Deer Ordinance (Chapter 10-8) has officially been moved to the City’s Code Compliance Department. Any feeding reports or complaints...
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Reporting Coyote Sightings

If you observe coyotes or have an encounter with a coyote in our neighborhood, please call 3 - 1 - 1 and report it. The operator will ask several questions and then forward the information to Animal Control, who will talk with a wildlife biologist, who will handle the issue. If you have questions...
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Bees Need to be Removed?

If you have honeybees making a nest in a tree or somewhere else in your yard, where they might pose a problem for your family, you can have them removed by an organization which will relocate them to a place where they continue to do valuable work for our crops and flowers.
Contact the Central...
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Deer-resistant Plants

An often-asked question: what can we plant that the deer won’t eat? As the author of the article cited below says, if they’re hungry enough, they’ll eat your shoelaces if you don’t move fast enough! In this posting, we get advice from Mr. Smarty Plants of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on things...
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Illegal Hunting or Game Thievery

If you observe violations of state game laws, such as illegal bow-hunting, or game thievery, please contact Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement at 512-389-4848....
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Deer Information Session – September 8, 2010

About 25 people gathered on September 8, 2010 for a forum on living with the deer in Austin, hosted by the City of Austin (COA) Health Department, Rodent and Vector Control Program.  The session included a brief presentation by Kelly Bender, an Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife (TXPWD), followed by an hour...
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Reporting Intentional Deer Feeding

In February 2009, the City of Austin passed an ordinance making it illegal to intentionally feed deer within the City limits. If you see someone breaking the law, contact contact 3-1-1. Make sure to have the address of the offender and a description of what you witnessed available...
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Dealing with Dead Deer or Other Dead Animals

If you find a dead deer or other dead animal on a city street or other city property, contact 3-1-1 to report it to Austin Resource Recovery (formerly Solid Waste Services). Please note that the dead animal must be placed at the curb for pickup. Austin Resource Recovery cannot pick up...
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Feeding of Deer Prohibited in City of Austin

Here is the text of the City of Austin ordinance regarding the feeding of deer:


§ 10-8-1 DEFINITION.
In this chapter FOOD means corn, fruit, oats, hay, nuts, wheat, alfalfa, salt blocks,...
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