Legislators , Elected or appointed officials, Lawyers
Remember that Oath you took, and the piece of paper you
signed that stated you would support the constitution of
the state of
Iowa. Click here
to see one.
current Iowa DNR director will not allow anyone to protect their
property when we ask him under the rules of the code of
Iowa and Iowa Supreme court rulings. (see letters
on depredation page.)
hunting rules and the deer depredation program have
never and will never be able to stop the deer damage on
private property. At one time deer needed protection
from hunting, but that time has passed and now it is
people and their property that need protection.
The state of Iowa/DNR
owns over 363,000 acres of land, and the Army corps of
engineers owns hundreds of thousands more. I
have no objection to how many deer or other animals you
have on State or Federal property. But why do you think Private Property
Owners have to permit
destructive government livestock (deer) on our private
property, which we receive no compensation? We
cannot take any of our animals to public property and
let them eat or destroy your property (See below).
It is time this is changed to comply with the
constitution right of "protecting property".
Iowans expect legislators to
uphold a persons right to protect there lives and property and/or
pass legislation so no person has to go to court to
they have a constitutional right to protect their
property from destructive deer.
law--constitutionality of acts.
SECTION 1. This constitution shall
be the supreme law of the state, and any law
inconsistent therewith, shall be void. The general
assembly shall pass all laws necessary to carry this
constitution into effect.
Legislators, please change the
law listed below in Iowa:
Code of Iowa 481A.1 section 20
"fur-bearing animals" means the following
which are declared to be fur-bearing animals for the
purpose of regulation and protection under the code:
beaver, badger, mink, otter, muskrat, raccoon, skunk,
opossum, spotted skunk or civet cat, weasel, coyote,
bobcat, wolf, groundhog, red fox, and gray fox.
This chapter does not apply to domesticated fur-bearing
ad the word deer and rabbit to the
above section 481A.1, then the below Section 481A.87 would allow the removal at any
time, on private property the most destructive animals in
Iowa (deer), as needed and allow the ending of all deer depredation
officer positions ($500,000 saved) 5 lives would
be saved, and 50 injuries would be prevented, from the reduction of motor
vehicle accidents with deer the first year and every
year after that.
Iowans would have an
immediate 50 million dollars or more in there pockets by
stopping the deer damage to there property and health,
as deer are estimated to do over $175 million in damage per
year. I believe 1000 new rural businesses would be
created by fruit and vegetable growers, orchards,
vineyards, Christmas and tree farms and 100,00 acres of
new reforestation and buffers would result in Iowa.
Also their is
the additional tax money that the state would receive as
a result of this simple action of one word.
Plus all the deer hunters, state and
private property owners who want deer can still have as many deer as they
want on there private property.
Code of Iowa
Except as otherwise provided, a person shall not take,
capture, kill, or have in its possession a fur-bearing
animal or any of its parts at any time except during the
open season as set by the commission except where the
killing, trapping, or ensnaring is for the protection of
a person, or public, or private property with the prior
permission of a duly appointed representative of the
commission. If prior permission is impractical or
impossible to obtain and the fur-bearing animal
represents a threat to a person, domestic animal, or
private property, the fur-bearing animal may be taken
without prior permission. All fur-bearing animals
and all parts thereof taken as provided in this section
shall be disposed of on the site or shall be
relinquished to a representative of the commission.
Current law about privately owned
animals on State Property:
Code of Iowa 461A.45 Animals on leash.
No privately owned animal
shall be allowed to run at large in any
state park or preserve or upon lands or in
waters owned by or under the jurisdiction of
the commission except by permission of the
commission. Every such animal shall be
deemed as running at large unless the owner
carries such animal or leads it by a leash
or chain not exceeding six feet in length,
or keeps it confined in or attached to a
We need a new section
in the code
State Animals on private
No state owned animal
shall be allowed to run at large on any
privately owned property except by the
permission of the owner. Any state
animal running at large on private property
that represents a threat to a person,
domestic animal, or private property, can be
removed by the landowner or any person
authorized by them. All animals and
all parts thereof taken as provided in this
section shall be disposed of on the site.
persons property, life, job or money is safe while
Legislators, Juries, or Judges are in session."