Deer cull key issue at Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting
Tuesday, September 27 2011 @ 11:51 AM EDT
Contributed by: jkr
Deer trot down down a road in Kimberley B.C. Kimberley officals are examining a possible deer cull in the community;similar to that already approved for the Fall in Cranbrook. Cranbrook will be exlaining its plan at the UBCM. Both communities have been plagued by aggressive deer.
Oh, deer, what can the matter be?
It’s an explosive issue, as deer suddenly have lost their fear of humans and have been attacking pets and even people in rural B.C.
Cranbrook is the first B.C. community to receive provincial approval to cull problem deer in its downtown area, and Kimberley and other B.C. towns are lining up for the right to curb the huge increase in the deer population.
It’s an emotional issue, and one that civic officials from across the province will tackle Tuesday at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.
“At the end of the day, it’s public safety,” said Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak, who said the city intends to put down ‘15 to 25 problem deer’ that pose a threat. “These are wild animals.
“Our rural deer population is exploding.
“Kimberley is working through the same process, and Grand Forks, Invermere and Sparwood are looking at it, too.”
The thought of deer being shot is repulsive to many, but Manjak said public attitudes changed in part when a Kimberley woman was hospitalized after a deer attack in June.