Deer in British Columbia’s CRD

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UPDATE:

Deer Safe Victorialatest educational brochure

November 29, 2012 – CRD to devise next steps on deer

November 26, 2012 -Municipalities told to do more before asking province for helpNovember 4, 2012 – What to do if you hit a deer

October 2012 – Death of Saanich deer demonstrates cruel realities

October 4, 2012 – Saanich News article – Poacher kills deer with green arrow in Saanich

Animal Alliance was notified by residents in the Victoria, BC area that a deer cull was being considered by the Capital Regional District (CRD).  The CRD is the regional government for the 13 municipalities and three electoral areas that are located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

The municipalities of Kimberley and Cranbrook have already killed a number of deer.  Other municipalities contemplating killing deer include Penticton and Grand Forks.  In Invermere, 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.   Click here to learn more about the situation in Invermere.

The Issue

Click here to read our letter to supporters explaining the issue.

Below is an excerpt from the CRD website:

On November 9, 2011, staff were directed by the CRD Board to develop an action oriented terms of reference for a CRD Deer Management Plan and report back to the CRD Board in early 2012. The document will consider:

  • relevant solutions from the region’s in-progress goose management strategy
  • applicable deer control measures identified in the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis Report.
  • the geographic areas where deer management strategies are most needed
  • public engagement strategy and potential for a citizen advisory group in Plan development
  • methods for moving the Deer Management Plan from strategy into action
  • how to address partnership arrangements for technical expertise, and funding and implementation strategies
  • research gathered on deer population status and trends, deer collision data and resulting financial implications.

In the three months since the dedicated email for community feedback has been open, nearly 400 households have commented on property damage, health risk, road safety, deer aggression, deer appreciation, deer management recommendations, and impacts on agriculture. Suggestions on deer management were also received.

All of the information on deer management compiled and referenced to date can be accessed on the right sidebar.

The dedicated email address will remain active for members of the public to continue submitting ideas and opinions on deer management in the CRD.

In March 2010, the Ministry of the Environment released two reports, one titled, “British Columbia Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis” and the other, “British Columbia Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis Summary Report for Municipalities”.  Municipal governments have relied on these documents to establish their municipal deer management programmes.

The Ministry assertions are as follows:

1)       that the deer are “overabundant”; and

2)       that the consequences of “overabundance” include:

a)            gardens, landscape plantings and community forests “damaged”;
b)            more ungulate vehicle collisions;
c)            potential for disease transmission; and
d)            communities experiencing “aggressive ungulate behaviour”.

Animal Alliance has written a report in response to the Ministry’s assertions and has prepared a presentation to the Chair and Members of the Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee regarding the PPS/RP 2012-01: Regional Deer Management – Proposed Terms of Reference for a Regional Deer Management Strategy.

Liz was in Victoria on February 22, 2012 to present to the Committee.

What You Can Do

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

We need to make sure that the CRD employs these methods in the deer management programme. Please call and write the Councillor and Board of Directors 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.

Councillor Geoff Young
Chair, CRD Board of Directors
CRD Headquarters
PO Box 1000
Victoria, BC  V8W 2S6

Tel:  250.361.0220
Fax: 250.361.0348

Email:  gyoung@victoria.ca