Deer in British Columbia’s Invermere

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Invermere Deer

Animal Alliance has been asked by concerned residents in Invermere to help stop the Invermere deer cull.  Invermere is the third municipality in BC to initiate a cull.

The Invermere Deer Protection Organization won a court injunction to halt the district’s plan to kill up to 100 deer.  But The Supreme Court of BC has ruled in favour of an Invermere cull and the cull is now underway.  Below are some background articles on the issue:

February 25, 2012 – Invermere Valley Echo

March 2, 2012 – CBC

March 12, 2012 – CBC

March 19, 2012 – Invermere Valley Echo

May 4, 2012 -  Columbia Valley Pioneer

The Issue

In many municipalities, human / wildlife conflicts are increasing in frequency, putting pressure on politicians to “do something”.  Some municipalities, like London and Hamilton in Ontario, have taken a non-lethal approach to solving human / deer conflicts, opting for education and by-law enforcement over killing.

Like the Captial Regional District, Invermere has relied upon the provincial “British Columbia Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis”.  In July 2011, Invermere’s Urban Deer Management Committee produced a final report and recommendations.

The report asserts the following about urban deer in Invermere:

  • deer are natural and are a permanent part of the community;
  • deer are clearly a public health and safety problem;
  • it is recognized that in order to have a healthy and acceptable population deer numbers must be reduced;
  • to achieve this reduction lethal and non-lethal actions are necessary;
  • any management option must be safe, humane, cost effective and be achievable;
  • management options must comply with all bylaws and government regulations;
  • annual evaluation of management actions must include consideration for human health and
  • safety, biological integrity, conflict resolution, cost to implement, and social/political realities.

Recommendation #1 is Relocation / Trap and Cull.  Public Education is #5.

Click here to read our critique in response to the documents provided by the Ministry of Environment and others.

Liz’s visit to Invermere:

We have been working flat out since I arrived. We had a strategy meeting Sunday night to discuss our appproach to Council. The folks with the Invermere Deer Protection Organization have done an amazing amount of work and presented some great material to Council.

On Monday, I met with Karen Brown who researches material for the IDPO and discussed the issue and how it has evolved here. All this information is incredibly important to me as an outsider who will be making recommendations to Council. I want to make sure that I’ve done all necessary research and understand the issues facing the community.

In the afternoon Devin took me to the private animal shelter where he volunteers. It was quite wonderful. The shelter has a number of small buildings, including a small house where lost and abandoned cats are housed. The dogs are placed in foster homes.

Devin builds the most incredible cats climbers you have ever seen. Cats who are healthy have an indoor/outdoor facility so they can go out in the sunshine and get out of the cold in a small building.

One little cat who does not like being around other cats would not go in the building so Devin built her an amazing house, complete with a controlled heating device and a picture window. She loves her house so much that in the good weather they have to lock her out of it because she would spend her entire time in this structure. When we peeked in she was all curled up having a lovely sleep.

In the afternoon, I spent time driving all over town observing deer. They are throughout the town but are quite skittish
and move away when you try to get too close. They look very healthy.

In the evening we had a BBQ with a larger groups of deer protectors and after a wonderful meal we sat around and talked about what to do next. I had a terrific time meeting wonderful people including some of our supporters.

Today, I completed our submisison to Council and sent it to the Clerk for distribution.

This afternoon we are meeting with folks from Kimberly and Cranbrook. Perhaps we will get a coordinated strategy going.

Council starts tonight (April 10) at 7 pm.   Ought to be very interesting.

What You Can Do

Animal Alliance, in co-ordination with residents and local animal protection groups, is working to convince the District of Invermere that humane, non-lethal, ethical and environmentally sensitive methods can be used successfully.

You can help by “adopting” a deer today!  The adoption fee is $30/deer for which you will receive an official certificate of adoption (see sample) as well as the satisfaction of knowing you are helping these wonderful creatures.  So become a parent and put in your adoption request by name to adopt@invermeredeer.com!

Visit InvermereDeer.com

Also, we need to make sure that the Mayor and Members of Council employ these methods in the deer management programme. Please call and write the Mayor and Members of Council urging them to implement a non-lethal prevention programme. Hand-written letters are best, but you can also print our sign-on letter by clicking here.

Mayor Gerry Taft
PO Box 339
Invermere, BC   V0A 1K0

Tel: 250-342-9281
Fax: 250-342-2934

Email:  mayor@invermere.net

Councillor Greg Anderson 250-342-9281 (Municipal Office) councillorAnderson@invermere.net
Councillor Justin Atterbury 250-342-9281 (Municipal Office) councillorAtterbury@invermere.net
Councillor Paul Denhuck 250-342-9281 (Municipal Office) councillorDenchuk@invermere.net
Councillor Spring Hawes 250-342-9281 (Municipal Office) councillorHawes@invermere.net

Join Animal Alliance & help stop Invermere’s brutal deer cull

We urge you to become a supporter by donating to Animal Alliance.  Your donation will help us:

  1. Purchase radio ads to reach the broader Invermere Community about the brutality of the cull;
  2. Support those in Invermere who are campaigning against the cull;
  3. Pressure the Mayor and Members of Council to make sure there is no cull next year;
  4. Build community support, bringing residents together to develop a collaborative non-lethal approach to human/deer conflicts instead of a controversial cull which is currently dividing residents.

Thank you!!