OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Oxford Board of Aldermen has voted to make the feeding of deer in the city illegal.
The ordinance was adopted in a 6-1 vote on Tuesday.
It makes it unlawful to feed, provide feed or other attractants to deer within the city limits. Attractants are defined as food, garbage or a salt lick. Attractants don't include ornamental plants, vegetable gardens or hanging bird and squirrel feeders.
Feeders for birds and squirrels that can be accessed by deer are banned.
First-time offenders will get warning. Any repeat offenses will result in a $50 fine.
State officials recommended the ordinance to help Oxford find ways to reduce the growing population of deer in the city limits.
Discussions on other possible remedies are ongoing.
Oxford deer plan, http://www.oxfordms.net
Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com
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