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Oh Deer!!

As you are probably aware, Leon Valley has a large deer population, made up of both Whitetail and the non-native Axis or Chital deer. Each year at around this time, the does are having their fawns, and most of the time the fawns are born in the most populated and inconvenient areas. Residents are asked to be aware that fawns are being born in the parks, in backyards, and in alleys throughout Leon Valley. Please do not touch or attempt to pick up the fawns.

Many residents report their concerns that a fawn might be abandoned and need our help. For the first three or four weeks of a fawn's life, its mother seldom visits it during the day as the fawn lies motionless in some secluded nook. This lowers chances of the fawn being discovered by predators. Summer is a crucial season for both fawns and their moms. "Two of the most dangerous times for a fawn are right after it's born and when it's weaned," said Gary Calkins, Jasper-based district biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's wildlife division.

To learn more about our deer herds and deer in general, and to voice your opinion, please plan on attending both the June 20th regular City Council meeting and the July Coffee with the Council meeting. Wildlife Biologist Jessica Alderson, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be giving a general presentation on deer at the regular meeting. Then, at the Saturday Coffee with the Council, residents will be asked to actively participate in a discussion to decide whether the City should start a deer population and feeding program. For now, just enjoy the view!