Support Non-Lethal Methods of Deer & Wildlife Management in Iowa City

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We, the undersigned, are opposed to killing deer in Iowa City and ask that non-lethal methods be used to address human/deer issues in order to maintain a more sustainable and peaceful co-existence among humans and wildlife.

As a progressive community, we ask that the City of Iowa City consider long-term, sustainable, and non-violent methods of wildlife management such as sterilization and the implementation of wildlife contraceptives, improved signage in deer crossing areas, the creation of more natural green space / wildlife habitats, providing wildlife crossings, and public outreach & education.

We feel the possibility of hunting, with guns or bow hunting, within city limits and in our public parks poses a threat to public safety, to those humans and domestic animals who live and play near these areas, as well as cause undue pain and suffering to wildlife.

From the City of Iowa City's Deer Population Management Project:

"Iowa City is currently considering a proposed sharpshooting approach to reduce the growing population of deer within city limits.

In February 2018, City Council directed staff to request permission of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission to allow the City to cull the deer herd this upcoming winter by means of sharpshooting.  The City managed its deer population for approximately 10 years by means of sharp shooting from 2000 to 2010.  The Iowa Natural Resources Commission denied the City’s request in May and suggested that the City seek input from the community.  Staff organized an informal committee consisting of staff members and community members to hear from the community at a public forum and to report back to City Council."

To learn more about the City of Iowa City's Deer Population Management Project, follow the link below. Please feel free to share this petition, offer helpful comments, or suggest other ideas for non-violent options of wildlife management.

Thank you for your support, time, and consideration.

https://www.icgov.org/project/deer-population-management-project 



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