Intentionally feeding deer may soon be outlawed within the city limits.

City Council directed staff at its Jan. 13 meeting to draft an ordinance that would ban feeding deer.

Councilman Keith Brainard said deer can cause damage to cars and their occupants on city roadways as well as carry diseases and be dangerous.

"Deer can become a nuisance," he said.

By feeding the deer, residents could actually be harming the deer and attracting rodents and other creatures, Councilman Steve Fought said.

Staff will draft the ordinance, which will be considered by City Council for approval at a later date.