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Washington city considers deer feeding ban after invasion

This Jan. 25, 2017, photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows mule deer resting in snow near Weiser, Idaho. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game / Associated Press)
This Jan. 25, 2017, photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows mule deer resting in snow near Weiser, Idaho. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game / Associated Press)
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BELLINGHAM – Feeding deer could soon be against the law for one Washington city, as the animals are invading a local neighborhood at an out-of-control rate.

KOMO-TV reported dozens of deer and a growing number of several others are frequently being spotted around the South Hill neighborhood of Bellingham.

Bellingham City Council President Michael Lilliquist said the number of deer is getting out of control because “people are intentionally feeding the deer.”

Lilliquist said the city is considering a ban on feeding deer.

It is not yet clear what consequences neighbors would face if they continue to feed the animals, but some residents and officials hope is will begin to solve the growing problem.

It is not yet clear when the Bellingham City Council will vote on the proposed ordinance.

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