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Neighborhood overrun by deer

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People who live in Hudson Oaks in Parker County have some unwanted neighbors. But the city says many of them brought the problem on or at least escalated it themselves.

Over the past few years residents have enjoyed watching peaceful deer behind their homes. Now there are more than they want and the animals have gone from nice to nuisance. They feed on the trees, cause accidents and at least one last year was found to have rabies.

"Up on top of the hill there I've seen oh 16, 18 at one time," said Jack Jones, who lives in the area.

City officials said the reason there are so many deer now is simple, people keep feeding them.

"Those folks who have moved out into an area that's a little more rural, they live on acreage. They want to be able to attract the wildlife to their yard and watch them come feed as they drink their evening coffee," said Sheri Campbell-Husband, the Hudson Oaks city administrator.

Officials drew up a resolution last month asking people to refrain from feeding the deer.

Jones said he doesn't feed them but he knows some of his neighbors still do.

"I could show you about five deer feeders right now as we walk. You can tell where they are. That's where the deer are. One woman's got them right up near her house," he said.

If the resolution doesn't work, city officials will consider an ordinance banning feeding.

Hunting is not a good solution because the problem is in residential areas, they said.


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