MASON CITY, Iowa- This week is the first time Iowans can start mowing their ditches, but those with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are asking you to hold off a little longer.
Richard Phelps of Rural Cerro Gordo County said his property is full of wildlife which is why he doesn’t mow. Those with the Iowa DNR say around 21% of pheasant nests are still active until July 15th, when state law says people can start mowing their ditches. That number significantly drops by August and keeping those animals safe is important to Phelps.
“I’ve got a family of pheasants that live there, rabbits, I have deer that come through here; I just think it takes away from their habitat,” he said.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have signs that can be put up to show your support. The sign is free of charge. Follow the link below to get yours.