The City of Austin adopted an ordinance on Feb. 23, 2009 prohibiting intentional feeding of deer.
The ordinance amends the City Code to add Chapter 10-8 which:
Prohibits intentional feeding of or making food available to deer within City limits
Creates a Class C Misdemeanor for violations
Establishes a fine not less than $75 or more than $125
Effective October 1, 2013, enforcement of the Intentional Feeding of Deer Ordinance has been transferred to the City’s Code Compliance Department. Violations of the ordinance can be reported to the Code Compliance Department by calling 311 or using their Citizen Web Intake Portal.
Deer and Humans
White-tailed deer have become a common sight in neighborhoods, parks and other wooded areas. Some feel the thrill of seeing these wild animals. Others bemoan their effects on landscaping and the danger they represent on area roadways.