Oak Bay Council seeking input on deer issue

Public invited to meeting

The growing urban deer population in Greater Victoria presents municipalities with difficult choices for addressing the situation, but the District of Oak Bay isn’t shying away from the challenge.

The municipality is working toward developing a deer management program it hopes will alleviate the problems associated with the animals.

“An important first step in the process will be to hear the concerns and suggestions of our community’s residents,” said Mayor Nils Jensen.

There will be an opportunity for public input at a special committee of the whole meeting at 7 p.m. on June 12 at Oak Bay municipal hall, when council will receive more information from the Capital Regional District regarding deer management. Council will then decide whether to develop and implement its own pilot program to help residents cope with deer.

For more information on the CRD’s deer management strategy visit crd.bc.ca/regionalplanning/deermanage.htm.

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