|After several controversial years of killing their excess deer, a quartet of interior B.C. communities are set to debut a new system of merely deporting their unwanted ungulates.|
To be rolled out later this winter, the $100,000 program would live-trap 80 deer from the Kootenay-region towns of Kimberley, Invermere, Cranbrook and Elkford, and then truck them to far-flung wilderness areas.
|The deer relocation plan was struck in response to massive opposition to the current policy of ensnaring urban deer and then dispatching someone in the morning with a bolt gun.|
The Animal Alliance of Canada, has favoured dealing with problem deer through anti-feeding bylaws, by distributing deer birth control and “hazing” the animals with dogs. After a lifetime in the rose gardens of Kimberley and Invermere, the animals are likely unprepared for the rigours of avoiding hungry wolves or cougars.
|The relocation isn’t intended to clear the Kootenays of pesky deer, it is merely a pilot project.|
The lack of opposition in the (council) room today shows this is heading in the right direction,” Paul Denchuk said. “When we first sat as a council any time there was anything to do with the deer, there’d be 50 people in this room, yelling at us.”
Some are watching the plan carefully.