Cranbrook is applying to conduct a deer cull for a third straight year.
The City released their 2016 Urban Deer Management Report this week which outlined plans to continue to work with the province to control population levels.
He says there’s still confusion between the municipal and provincial governments to who exactly is responsible for the deer.
However, Pratt suggests Cranbrook has a deer problem now and something needs to be done to address it.
The 2016 report shows the Key City’s urban deer population has grown from 104 in 2014 to 142 last year (36%).
The City destroyed 15 deer earlier this year during their fourth cull since 2011.
They elected to reduce local populations in 2011, 2012, 2015 ,2016.
The latest report also illustrates increasing complaints since 2004 until 2011 when it reached a high of 42.
Staff numbers indicate after the 2011 cull, complaints decreased by about 35%.
The City has received criticism about their process and lack of transparency around previous culls.
Cranbrook has not held public consultation before deciding to go to a cull , while other communities such as Elkford turned to residents for their opinions on wildlife management.
Pratt says they are not being secretive and discussing this application now shows their intentions.
Despite only putting down 15 deer earlier this year, the City actually received a permit to cull up to 100.
Pratt says the anti-cull advocates blew that out of proportion as it would be nearly impossible to destroy that many local deer.
The Cranbrook Mayor suggests a cull larger than 15 bodies might be beneficial due to the number of domesticated deer currently in the community.
– Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt
– Josh Hoffman/with files from Devin Howard
(Photo courtesy of City of Cranbrook)