A Kimberley City Councillor says it’s ludicrous local taxpayers are on the hook if deer removed from his community become an issue elsewhere.
Albert Hoglund is speaking after Council voted this week to put aside $5,000 in next year’s budget to meet a stipulation set by the province in order for the municipality to move ahead with its planned translocation project.
The money would be used to hire a contractor to kill any of the 50 deer being taken from Kimberley to natural winter ranges that may end up in other communities and become a problem.
A translocation pilot project started in 2015, removing nearly 200 urban deer from four East Kootenay communities, including Kimberley.
Results showed some of the animals traveled great distances to return to residential areas.
Hoglund says he isn’t opposed to translocation, and commends all of the work staff and Councillor Darryl Oakley have done over the years, but suggests the Province isn’t doing enough and should at least be picking up the tab.
Kimberley is expected to receive provincial funding to support their translocation initiative that will likely start later next month.
However, Hoglund argues the deer belong to the province, so they shouldn’t be asking Kimberley taxpayers to cover the costs of destroying deer causing issues outside their community.
– Kimberley City Councillor Albert Hoglund