Deer have become residents of downtown

Deer cougars Victoria BC

Re: Backward thinking behind wildlife cull (Letters, Sept. 9)

I was amused by letter writer Diana Monks’ remarks. She advised us “to avoid wildlife, I suggest you move to an urban centre, where you may be happier.”

A week earlier I was almost run over by a four-point stag galloping out of a hedge in front of a parking lot on Birch Street.

The deer ran into the street; luckily the traffic was stopped due to a red light.  He eventually disappeared into the nearby park. It was a breathtaking experience.

Ms. Monks advice about moving to an urban centre is of course silly and useless. In the past few years, deer have been spotted all over the downtown core, and I recall one even entered a children’s store.

The real problem the deer create, apart from nibbling away at some backyard gardens, is drawing in the cougars.

I hope I never see a cougar on Fort Street!

Helene Harrison

Victoria