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Port Mansfield Cracking Down on Trespassing Violators

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PORT MANSFIELD – Trespassing tourists are causing traffic troubles at Port Mansfield.

People said it's common to see someone stop in the middle of the road to feed the deer.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with resident Abigail Barnhart who sees this often.

"People get really frustrated when you're trying to get somewhere and you're feeding the deer on the road. It's a hazard for the deer. It's a hazard the people driving," she said.

The town does not have a lot of roads. Barnhart said there's no way to get around when people stop and block one of the roadways.

"I waited up to like 30, 45 minutes because the deer will not leave that corn," she said.

She added the trespassing and road blocking isn't the only problem.

"We have a port clean up every month and the people that go and feed the deer litter like crazy,” she said.

Port Mansfield Police Chief David Mays said they are tackling the issue.

"We are working hard to enhance public safety and for people to realize private property isn't a place to park," he said.

Both Barnhart and Mays understand the deer are a popular attraction, but they want visitors to respect those who live in the area.

"We are trying to educate the public that it's not safe to park in the roadway. And when they stop in the roadway, not only are they endangering other motorists, they are inviting the deer to the roadways," the police chief said.

Police want those who come to the port to be aware.Trespassing is a Class C misdemeanor in Texas which can land you a hefty fine up to $500.

If you want to avoid trespassing there is plenty of public parking, including the Fred Stone Park located on the north side of Port Mansfield. 

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