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Deer feeding ban approved in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Put away your corn cobs and mineral licks, the deer in Sioux City are on their own for food from now on.     

Sioux City leaders voted four to one in favor of a deer and turkey feeding ban on residential property.

Councilman Keith Radig was the dissenting vote.

Unlike previous meetings that drew a slew of public comment, only one resident took to the microphone today.

Robin Small argued that the city doesn't have a deer problem and that many residents enjoy seeing nature in their backyards.

Council woman Rhonda Capron countered that Sioux City, "is not a farm."

"You know, Bambi grows up.  They're cute when they're little, but when they get bigger they're a nuisance.  They're a bigger nuisance when we feed them, cause they keep coming back and then they turn into pets," said Capron. 

City leaders also say that the Iowa DNR requires the ban before taking additional steps to thin the herd.

The new ordinance takes effect Saturday.  The Mayor says the city's set the fine at $100.

       

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