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Ban on Feeding Deer Considered by Inver Grove Heights

When deer crowd together in feeding areas, it makes it easier for diseases to spread, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The Inver Grove Heights city council is considering regulations that would outlaw feeding deer. The city has received a number of complaints about damage to yards from the high deer population.

The city of Inver Grove Heights has more in a press release:

Comments from the Department of Natural Resources indicate that overfeeding of deer may encourage large numbers of animals to congregate in feeding areas making it easier for diseases to be passed among the animals. It can also cause a disruption to their normal travel routes, which in turn may cause an increased potential for traffic accidents.

There are three readings of the proposed ordinance required before the regulations would take effect. The first reading will take place on February 25, with subsequent readings scheduled for March 11 and 25.

The Council welcomes feedback on these proposed regulations. If you have questions or concerns and can’t attend a Council meeting, please call 651-450-2512, or email jteppen@invergroveheights.org. For a look at the proposed regulations, visit the City’s web site at www.invergroveheights.org.

Diane Baum February 20, 2013 at 02:21 PM
I live just behind the Cub foods store on 78th St E. We have many deer passing through here that go between South Valley Park to the river about one mile away. At the halfway point is a one block wooded area with a pond where they love to hide. I put out birdseed for the birds as well as peanuts for the squirrels and have seen deer stop and help themselves, especially now that it is the dead of winter. I try to make sure there is just enough for those critters that they will have the feeders empty before nightfall so as to not encourage the deer that pass by here. IGh should maybe consider a bow hunt in South Valley Park, seeing as how many deer cross Cahill Ave to get to the river and are hit or injured by cars.
Al Tate February 20, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Well said Diane! Let's have a special bow hunt and avoid overpopulation. That would be the best course of action. But of course then, people would probably form a committee to complain, take it to the city council three times, develop a sub-committee, ask for special funding from the city and then the city would table it 2 times. Then a watchdog group would complain bowhunting is bad for kid's teeth in the neighborhood and then the DNR would need to come out and give a presentation on bowhunting safety, because concerned citizens in this neighborhood would feel threatened by bowhunters. By then 6 cars will have collided with the deer, damaging cars, injuring passengers and leaving the deer to die a slow painful death on the side of the road.
charlie brown February 20, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Why don't we let a pack of wolves go in the city to control the deer like they did when they let the coyotes go to control the geese.
charlie brown February 20, 2013 at 07:59 PM
seriously, putting food out for squirrels and birds, and then complaining that the deer help themselves is like leaving a bowl of candy out on Halloween and when the latino kid comes to the door getting your bow out
Diane Baum February 20, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Good point, Al! The crossing point on Cahill is by Good Shepherd Church. I think they feel the Almighty will protect them at that crossing but sadly enough, more than one body was left to show it is a tragic ending for deer and car. And the coyote comment? I have coyotes in my front yard and have seen them multiple times. I think deer are too big for them to bring down and am not looking forward to wolves here---for whatever reason!! Sunfish Lake, in the NW quadrant of IGH by So Robert Trail and 494 has bow hunts. The deer are so thick there it's like watching cows in a pasture!! Deer carry Lyme disease and possibly CWD....it is not a sin to cull the herd when nature cannot. (Even if it is Bambi!)
George Tourville February 20, 2013 at 08:49 PM
The comments above are exactly the reason we are discussing the problem. We do allow bow hunting in IGH but the area needs to be approved so the hunting can be done safely. Throwing food on the ground for the birds and small animals brings in larger animals to feed in the urban areas. More deer more coyote's and so on. We have been working with the DNR for many years to try and control the Deer and Coyote population in the urban part of IGH. Many cities have already passed Deer Feeding regulations and we are looking for citizen comments on the regulations. Our number one goal is Public Safety (vehicle vs deer accidents) and we are concerned about property damage caused by the deer also. Suggestions, comments and ideas always welcomed.
CONNIE DAHMS February 21, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I guess I look at it totally different! Leave them ALONE!! I LOVE watching the deer and if your going to feed the birds etc.. then you should be feeding the deer.Wht have they ever done to you? We have taken their homeland away to build houses, stores etc... Leave them ALONE & FEED THEM!!! They need to eat in the winter too just like you!!!
Diane Baum February 21, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Let me verify: I put out only about a half a cup of seed per day, making sure it is gone by nightfall so as to NOT encourage deer to snoop for food! I also love deer, but they have a place. Cahill Ave down 78th St to the river is a busy area and not conducive to deer. I have seen more than one deer body on Cahill by Good Shepherd church and I was right behind someone who had JUST hit a deer there a few years ago. Another area of concern is by Gerten's off of Upper 55th St E and the freeway. Many deer live there and cross that area a lot. I almost took out a family of five deer that decided to dash across the roadway during a bad rainstorm about ten years ago. Many times I see at least six or more crossing on Blaine by 60th St E and a friend of mine who lived on Boyer Path had a family of four in her backyard eating from her plum trees. Barnes Ave to Rich Valley Blvd also has many deer and i have seen small groups of four or more crossing in places there. Inver Grove DOES have a few too many deer. The responsible thing to do is to cull these herds.
yomammy February 21, 2013 at 04:02 PM
get rid of them--trust me. diesease carrying bastards they are. if you want to look at em, move to the country.
charlie brown February 21, 2013 at 04:13 PM
IGH was the country not too long ago.
yomammy February 21, 2013 at 08:54 PM
and "they" though the asian beetle was a good "natural" way to control pests too...

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