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Wildlife Management Advisory Commission
Composition, Purpose and Duties

The City Council hereby creates a Wildlife Management Advisory Commission.  This Commission will serve in an advisory capacity only and has no authority to establish policy, regulations or procedures for the City.  In addition, this Commission has no authority to expend funds, make obligations on behalf of the City or to manage or otherwise direct City Staff.

Composition.   The Wildlife Management Advisory Commission shall be composed of seven voting members. The City Council shall appoint seven residents.  The City Council may remove and replace members of the Commission at any time for lack of attendance or unethical behavior. A member of the City Council will be a non-voting, ex officio member of the Commission.

Commissioner                      Position             Appointed        Term Expires
David Krawczynski               Chairman           May 2017        September 2019
Cynthia Shanahan-Segovia   Vice Chairman    May 2017        September 2019
Troy Bippert                        Commissioner     May 2017        September 2018
Desiree Garner                    Commissioner     May 2017        September 2018
Rick Hannasch                     Commissioner     May 2017        September 2018
Ken Kneupper                      Commissioner     May 2017        September 2019
Paul Sullivan                        Commissioner     May 2017        September 2019
Councilmember Robb Erickson Ex-Officio

Purpose and Duties.  The Wildlife Commission is established to perform the following duties and accomplish the following purposes:

A.  Study the feasibility of managing the wildlife populations, with emphasis on white-tailed deer, within the City of Garden Ridge consistent with laws and regulations of the State of Texas;
B.  Research and provide advice to the City Council on wildlife management, with an emphasis on white-tail deer management methods, tools, and options consistent with laws and regulations of the State of Texas;
C.   Conduct public hearings and surveys to obtain a consensus of the residents’ position on wildlife management with priority and emphasis on the management of white-tailed deer;
D.  Estimate and monitor the wildlife populations of animals studied as part of a yearly census, particularly white-tailed deer, consistent with methodology acceptable to Texas Parks and Wildlife Division;
E.  Work with Texas Parks and Wildlife to create a comprehensive deer management plan and determining the requirements for long-term sustainability of a successful deer management plan;
F.  Research and consider alternate approaches to deer management and prepare report suitable for presentation to Texas Parks and Wildlife for consideration of legislative changes;
G.  Initiate communication and public education programs for the community regarding wildlife management, deer management and other deer  issues;
H.  Attend training provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife or other sources every two years;  
I.  Assist the City with the preparation of all Texas Parks and Wildlife  Division related documentation;
J.  Assist the City with the implementation and execution of the deer management program adopted by City Council currently existing and as amended;
K.  May work with City Staff to create a survey to allow for resident’s input;
May develop recommended procedures for accurate record keeping and reporting for the deer management program; 
L.  Submit a monthly report of updates of the Commission and be present during the City Council Regular Meetings;
M.  Provide an annual report to the City Council that shall include, but not be limited to, a review of the effects, both positive and negative, the deer population is having on the City (including changes in browse lines, deer trails, negative deer-human contacts, deer struck by vehicles); the number of deer the removed under a state permit the prior year; surveys, educations presented, deer counts conducted and a recommendation for the coming years deer management strategy and budget.

Are you interested in assisting with the Deer Counts?  If so contact City Hall.

The City of Garden Ridge provides the following information concerning wildlife management in the City.

Ordinance  186 - Prohibiting the Feeding of Deer

Managing Overabundant White-Tailed Deer

White-Tail Deer Biology and Urban Management

The Unknowns

Public Announcements Related to Wildlife
Watch for upcoming Survey.