The July 16 meeting of the Goldendale City Council turned out not to be an official meeting due to a lack of a quorum. Mayor Mike Canon did conduct an information session with staff reports and presentations.
Filiberto Ontoveras of the fire department said he and others were working on reviving the National Night Out event locally. He described it as an evening when public service agencies could spend time with the community outside normal duties, and said he had commitment from a number of agencies to attend September 12 in Ekone Park.
The highlight of the evening was a presentation from Todd Jacobsen, Wildlife Conflict Specialist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on dealing with deer and other wild species in urban areas like Goldendale. Solutions include toughening city ordinances against feeding deer, construct barriers such as general deer fence or barriers around individual plants, replace current plantings with other species not bothered by deer, or take deterrent measures. Those can include sound, light, and motion devices, use of predator scent, sensor-activated sprinklers, guard dogs or hazing deer by shooting them with paintball guns. Shooting them with real guns inside city limits would lead to arrests, and the use of loud sounds is prohibited by city ordinance.
For more details on the advantages and disadvantages of different methods, listen to a recording of the presentation by clicking on the grey podcast bar below: