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September 25, 2013

Hudson Oaks delays public discussion of city’s deer issues

By BRIAN SMITH

HUDSON OAKS — A planned discussion of how to handle residents feeding deer in the city, originally set for Thursday, has been delayed.

City council members had urged Police Chief Brandon Mayberry to work with and schedule a spokesman from Texas Parks and Wildlife on the subject, which is leading to a deer overpopulation problem in the city. Mayberry said Tuesday morning that there is just one person observing in the area from TPW and he has been swamped.

“We’re not sure if they have been here as of yet, but they haven’t been able to see what they want to see,” Mayberry said. “When they have their results, we’ll set something up for sometime maybe next month or the month after.”

City Administrator Patrick Lawler said TPW has been in the city but wanted to do several looks over a number of days to better assess the problem and what needs to be done. He says the city is now looking to have the report and town hall meeting at the October meeting scheduled for Oct. 24.

In recent months, deer have been seen approaching residents up close to their homes and nearly followed one person into their garage. Texas Parks and Wildlife officials were scheduled to come back into the area over Labor Day Weekend to do a more thorough observation of deer population in the city.

TPW officials were here earlier this year and did one look around the city for about two to three hours because of time constraints, according to Mayberry. A town hall meeting was held and discussion of what feeding deer can do and urging residents to stop feedng the animals.

At the August council meeting, Mayor Pat Deen said the problem is growing, based on the increase in the number of vehicle-deer accidents and the number of feeders he sees around town.

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