Mayor Stromberg to convene Ashland citizens to discuss deer and other wildlife in Ashland on Monday, September 20, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 1175 East Main Street.
Mayor John Stromberg will convene a gathering to connect Ashland residents with representatives of Oregon Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and Jackson County to converse directly about the deer population and conflicts and to discuss solutions that are practical and, at the same time, consistent with community values.
"Managing the wildlife population in Ashland is not within the legal powers of City government. We have to work with ODFW, and we have to treat these animals like wildlife not pets or pests," says Mayor Stromberg. "The City supports the efforts of Ashland citizens to lobby ODFW for realistic options and if a solution involves local ordinances the City will participated actively in that part of the process, "
The City has sought the assistance of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to provide training and practical tips for how to live with and deal with deer and other urban wildlife.
Food and beverage will not be provided but people are welcome to bring their own.