A paradise for deer is unnatural

Lack of predators in urban centres means Victoria's deer population is booming

Why do some people not understand? In rural and semi-rural areas there is husbandry involved in looking after wildlife.

In the wild, predators take care of overpopulation and therefore there is no damage done to the environment.

In urban areas such as Greater Victoria, there are no predators to keep the numbers down and get rid of sick animals as well.

Where will we be in 10 years’ time when every little fawn multiplies and every mother deer gives birth to sickly fawns. The odd cougar will not do.

Everybody who has grown up in rural areas knows this. People who live an urban life have this sentimental “Bambi” feeling. Deer’s life was once a struggle for survival, but they have now arrived in paradise in Victoria and their numbers are growing.

Karin Hertel

Saanich