Invermere’s Mayor says the district will stay the course with annual deer culls while exploring non-lethal options.
This despite the BC Deer Protection Society calling out the province for approving another cull in the Columbia Valley.
The society claims killing the animals in towns has not decreased numbers or reduced the risk.
Gerry Taft says there hasn’t been an increase in aggression complaints since culling and education began.
“Although we haven’t culled a large number of deer in Invermere, because we are doing that on an operational basis, its really decreased the amount of people who would be candidates for feeding deer,” Taft says. “Its really made people aware that we are serious about managing the population within town.”
Taft feels the most effective way of dealing with ungulates is keeping people from feeding them.
He adds both translocation and hazing are not recognized by Victoria and not available tools for management.
Taft feels its debatable whether non-lethal options actually solve the problem.
He says deer collared and moved through a 2015 translocation project have been finding their way back into town.
– Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft