Esquimalt’s wildlife bylaws nearing completion

It will soon be illegal to feed deer and eastern grey squirrels

It will soon be illegal to feed eastern grey squirrels and deer in Esquimalt.

The township is updating two of its bylaws to prevent people from intentionally feeding or leaving food out for the nuisance critters.

Those offenders who don’t stop putting out snacks could be slapped with $100 fines by municipal bylaw enforcement officers.

But even with the power to levy these fines, there is still concern over possible enforcement challenges.

“Not only will we need to prove that someone intentionally fed a squirrel, we will need to prove that they fed an eastern grey squirrel, not a red squirrel,” Barbara Snyder, Esquimalt’s director of development services, wrote in a report to council.

Public education should be the primary tool to deter people from feeding wild animals, rather than bylaw enforcement, she advised.

Council approved more steps in the process last week, and will need to provide final approval before the changes become official.


Just Posted

Documents show re-development of Saanich’s University Heights on hold

Third open house on proposed development postponed

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Peninsula students taking advantage of French activities

Canadian Parents for French help organize and promote activities

Monday sees rain with high of 10 C

Plus your weekly forecast

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Campbell River RCMP say alcohol and speed may be factors in collision

Woman injured after driver ran into her car on Highway 19A, says fire captain

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Most Read