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January 31, 2014

Hoof and high tail it?

Hudson Oaks officials to consider ordinances aimed at reducing city’s deer population


A small group of residents spoke at Thursday night’s meeting saying it was time for something to be done about the problem, Mayberry said. Part of the reason behind the ordinance, Mayberry said, is knowing TP&W is unable to help the city without some sort of ordinance in place. Once the ordinance is in place, Mayberry said city officials will still work with residents to come into compliance before code enforcement starts writing tickets.

“Ninety-nine percent of people want compliance. They want to do what’s right,” Mayberry said.

The ordinance is not an immediate fix, Mayberry said. He admitted it could take four to six years before the herd actually moves on because they have been here for so long.

Getting rid of the deer forcibly by tagging or relocation can be a very expensive proposition, an estimated $350 to $400 per deer. Fencing around the area can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 per mile and really becomes nothing more than an “eyesore,” Mayberry said.

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