Kimberley has translocated roughly 50 urban deer out of the community.
City Councillor Darryl Oakley says Kimberley’s own initiative, separate from the recent East Kootenay trial, was completed last week with no issues.
Oakley says the animals were moved to a winter range about 80 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats.
“This year it went so well, they could have moved 100 deer out,” Oakley says. “But again, the biologists are very cautious to just see what happens and where these deer end up going to.”
Oakley expects official results from the translocation within a month.
They plan to monitor 25 animals to see if they travel back into communities.
Oakley says he’d like to see this become a regular part of deer management for Kimberley, but the cost needs to be kept in mind.
“These are taxpayers being matched with BC Government dollars from FLNRO,” Oakley says. “We’ll have to keep an eye on the budget and see what the costs are for this. In my mind, it seems to work well because they definitely have the darting program down to a fine science.”
Kimberley budgeted $25,000 for the project with the Province providing matching funds.
This is the first time Kimberley completed a translocation on its own after a pilot project with Cranbrook, Elkford and Invermere the last two years.
(Photo provided by Darryl Oakley.)
– Kimberley City Councillor, Darryl Oakley