For immediate release | BC Deer Protection Society | 18 October 2017
SCIENTIFIC REPORT FINDS CONTROVERSIAL
URBAN DEER CULLS DON’T WORK
TAX DOLLARS WASTED
ON COSTLY AND INEFFECTIVE PROGRAMS
BCDPS calls on Minister Donaldson to suspend the culls
and develop evidence-based standards and non-lethal methods
for an effective conflict resolution program
British Columbia: October 18, 2017: In May 2016, Animal Alliance of Canada, a member of the BC Deer Protection Society (BCDPS), commissioned McCrory Wildlife Services to conduct an independent review of urban deer culls conducted in five BC municipalities (Oak Bay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Kimberley, Elkford).
The Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and the five local government councils have received a copy of the 70 page report titled:
AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BRITISH COLUMBIA’S URBAN DEER MANAGEMENT USING A CASE STUDY APPROACH. HOW MUCH IS SCIENCE-BASED? HOW EFFECTIVE WERE RECENT CULLS?
“Seeing through the thickets.”
“The report is striking in its findings: lack of long term effectiveness of the culls, lack of reliable data and scientific information,” said Barry MacKay, Director, Animal Alliance of Canada and BCDPS spokesperson. “The culls are about killing deer, not resolving conflicts.”
“Given the significant costs to taxpayers, local and provincial governments should want a cost-efficient and effective conflict resolution program,” said Liz White, Director, Animal Alliance and BCDPS spokesperson. “For example, Oak Bay spent $16,000 to kill 11 deer.”
According to long-time Kootenay wildlife biologist Wayne McCrory, lead author of the report, “We found that culling either through expensive lethal methods or non-lethal translocations of deer from certain communities had some short-term benefits, but deer numbers rebounded fairly quickly because of their naturally good reproductive rates and from other deer simply moving in from the outside.” The report also found that other options promoted by some communities were not implemented and that more study is needed to determine more effective control methods that work over the long term.
According to White: “As a result of these findings, we have asked the Minister to suspend the cull program to allow for research on non-lethal methods that work over the long term and for more baseline research on urban deer population levels and trends; reproduction, survival, and mortality rates, and diet. These are basic and necessary tools to develop an effective conflict resolution program.”
Wayne P. McCrory, RPBio, President, McCrory Wildlife Services Ltd
1-250-358-7796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Paquet, Biologist/Researcher (Oak Bay case study) email@example.com
Liz White, Animal Alliance of Canada: 1-416-462-9541 (23) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry MacKay, Born Free USA: 1-905-472-9731 or email@example.com