Urban areas are not natural deer habitat

If nothing is done, the resulting population increase will be staggering

 

As a long time Oak Bay resident with “on the ground” experience with the deer issue, any decisions made to address the problem should have their basis in fact rather than emotion.

Opponents of the deer cull appear to believe that we should all be able to peacefully coexist, as we have “encroached on their natural habitat” and that the various problems associated with having these animals living among us, which are many and significant, is a small price to pay in the big picture.

In reality, their natural habitat would contain their natural predators, cougars and wolves. These would keep numbers in reasonable balance with the environment.

We have however, maintained a lush salad bar as an abundant food supply for them and diligently removed all the predators to protect ourselves, our kids and pets.

The result is an unbalanced situation that is absolutely unsustainable. I don’t blame the deer for taking advantage of the situation, but this is not their natural habitat.

If nothing is done, the resulting population increase will be staggering and the fallout will, I believe, shock even the opponents of a cull.

The mayor and council have done an admirable job dealing with this controversial issue; the silent majority are fed up and want a realistic solution, not well intentioned platitudes about all living together in harmony.

I believe that the SpayVac option should definitely be pursued, but in the interim, a cull would appear to be the only realistic option. It could likely be made more humane by tranquilizing the deer prior to any euthanizing.

The status quo however, is clearly not an option.

Tom Pink

 

Oak Bay

 

 

Just Posted

Westin Bear Mountain hotel sold to local businessman and entrepreneur

Ecoasis will maintain responsibility of golf and tennis operations and developable lands

Motorcylist ticketed for excessive speed, bike impounded by Saanich Police

The 22-year-old was issued two tickets – one for a bent licence plate

Concrete beams for McKenzie interchange set for installation this weekend

No lane closures expected during weekend work, says ministry

Impaired driver caught travelling double the speed in playground zone: Saanich police

Vehicle impounded and driver issued ticket, 90-day suspension

West Shore RCMP release sketch of Galloping Goose sexual assault suspect

Anyone who knows the man is asked to call West Shore RCMP

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

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

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Injured fawn at B.C. vet will be euthanized Friday night unless claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer is currently being treated at West Kelowna’s Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Most Read