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Fine Can Be Imposed On Residents Who Feed Deer

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 20:46:40-04

Every so often, Jerry Gregro has liked to bring his three kids to Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville to feed the birds.

The up close experience has always been a delight for his kids; however, they've also noticed a few other visitors that have become more comfortable around people: urban deer.

That's exactly what Hendersonville city officials have been trying to avoid. On July 1, residents caught feeding the urban deer population could be fined up to $50.

Residents have been prohibited from putting salt licks, grain, fruit, and anything a deer would eat on the ground or within five feet of the ground. The thought was to keep the deer from becoming desensitized to people.

Enforcing the new law will be left up to residents who file a complaint with the Hendersonville Police Department.