UTSA students map Hollywood Park deer

(March 8, 2005)--For the second time in five years UTSA Assistant Professor Stephen Brown and students in his geographic information systems (GIS) glass completed a six-week study mapping the deer population of Hollywood Park.

Hollywood Park officials requested the study to see the impact of a 2002 deer-feeding ordinance that bans feeding deer on private and public property and carries a maximum $500 fine.

"We use laser range finders attached to GPS equipment that allow us to mark the deer's location," said Brown. "That also allows us to map the deer that are on private property or in people's back yards that we could not get to."

Over the years, city officials have taken measures to limit the deer populations including implementing a relocation program and killing deer to feed the indigent.

After repeated samples, an average of 220 deer were observed, 25 with antlers and 195 without antlers. The 2000 study showed an estimated 300 deer roaming around the suburban community.

According to Brown, despite the fine and the city's efforts, the data still shows ongoing regular feeding of deer in Hollywood Park.

Assisting Brown in the study were Hongjie Xie, assistant professor in the UTSA Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and graduate students Sylvie Shurgot, Joe Shurgot, Hector Martinez, Mark Schnur, Fernando Martinez, Selene Fernandez-Mendez, Raymond Perez and Todd Guest.

--Kris Rodriguez

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