Georgetown eyes way to slow growing deer problem

(Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Some people in Georgetown say their neighbors are feeding wildlife, and it’s bringing a little too much nature into urban areas.

Buried right near the bottom of the Georgetown City Council agenda, council member Keith Brainard spoke Tuesday on a problem he’s hearing more and more about.

“They’ve made an investment in their landscaping and they’re finding that a number of neighbors regularly feed the deer,” said Brainard.

And he wants to see an end to it, citing the potential diseases they carry and driving risks.

“They can cause…a threat to public safety,” he added. “And that in itself is justification to discourage the feeding of deer.”

Feeding deer is an issue in other cities and it has triggered similar responses.

“Those ordinances provide some useful suggestions on how best to go about this,” Brainard said.

He added the problem isn’t new, but as Georgetown grows, so does the problem.

“Georgetown certainly is growing, particularly at the edges and into those wooded areas, including Sun City…It’s been a problem and is becoming more so as Georgetown continues to grow.”

All council members agreed on Tuesday was to write up a possible ordinance. Some say a major part of the solution will be education.

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