Please don’t feed the wildlife

Posted 12/11/19

Recently I was informed by Mayor Stinson that “Council just passed an update to our Nuisance Code to prohibit the feeding of wildlife, with deer specifically called out. We recognize this is …

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Please don’t feed the wildlife


Recently I was informed by Mayor Stinson that “Council just passed an update to our Nuisance Code to prohibit the feeding of wildlife, with deer specifically called out. We recognize this is just one step in the process, so Council has agreed to consider taking up this matter again when meeting to review the Council Inbox early in 2020. We do not yet have a date set for that review.”
I don’t believe I have seen any mention of this update in The Leader, and I think it is newsworthy. Nearly every day I either have the experience of a near collision with deer on the street at dusk; or am told by others of their own close calls.
Other nearby communities are becoming proactive about the proliferation of urban deer. I believe our City Council modeled the new ordinance after one now in use in Bellingham.
Please give some column inches to this topic which touches the lives of most everyone in town in some way.
Forest Shomer
Port Townsend


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Justin Hale

Does this mean no more bird feeders?

I've never seen anyone feeding the deer, seems to me the deer have plenty to munch on around town. Another stupid government decision.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Forest Shomer

Justin, your comment about bird feeders is exactly why I asked the Leader to report on the Nuisance Code update, a change to civil law which was carefully written to spell out exactly what is covered.

But instead, the Leader published my suggestion as a Letter to the Editor, without checking to see if that's what I was intending. (It wasn't.) Used to be, someone would call first to see if it was an authentic letter; apparently the Leader can't be bothered to do that now.

Anyway, I'll again suggest here that the editor put a reporter on it, to read the Code update, get a comment or two from the City, and accurately inform the readership.

Yes: there are an unknown number of people feeding the deer, raccoons, geese and other wild things. Several of the feeding locations are obvious and well-known by neighbors. The Code change is a correct response from government, to address the reality that neighbors have polarized viewpoints that aren't getting worked out over the back fence.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Justin Hale

Forest, thanks for that info.

Personally I think the last thing we need are more laws. More laws doesn't necessarily = more civility.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Gary Novak

I agree with conservatives. Laws make our lives terrible. We should try to be more like Haiti!

Monday, December 16, 2019
Justin Hale

Right Gary, there are no conservative lawmakers, Judges or lawyers.

Monday, December 16, 2019
Tom Camfield

I finally had to cut out bird feeders because of rats. Haven't seen a rat since, but there'll always be deer as long as we have a laurel hedge, certain other plants—and patches of lush lawn. No use yelling at the critters, as they are merely doing what deer innocently will do'. Lot of squirrels this year too, so it'll be interesting to see how many new glad bulbs make out OK.. Meanwhile, send all your unwanted critters to our place, We have have weather, sight and general-protection napping and sleeping areas. While we let the animals forage for themslves, we believe in sanctuaries.

Thursday, December 19, 2019