The city council finds that feeding of deer contributes to a high deer density in the city which in turn causes a threat to the public health, safety and welfare. The high deer density has resulted in damage to landscapes and damage to the understory of wooded areas. Further, the high deer density causes an increased potential for accidents between vehicles and deer and increased potential for contact with deer ticks that could result in Lyme disease. Prohibiting the feeding of deer in the urban developed areas will lessen the deer population in those areas by reducing the number of deer concentration sites. (Ord. 1267, 5-13-2013)