The BC Deer Protection Society claims Cranbrook violated its deer cull permit.
The City put down 30 mule deer and 20 white-tails this winter as part of their latest urban deer management program.
The BC Deer Protection Society’s Liz White is calling foul however.
She claims the city was not authorized to target white-tails, which made up 40 per cent of the animals killed.
“As far as I can tell by reading the press release that came out from the City, its that they went into areas where they knew there were high levels of complaints all of a sudden about white-tailed deer,” White says. “So clearly they were targeted and this wasn’t an incidental take.”
White is urging the Province to investigate, as failure to comply with the permit could leave Cranbrook ineligible for future culls.
“They were in my opinion targeting white-tailed deer as well as mule deer,” White says. “If in fact they weren’t doing that, the question is how did they get so many and why didn’t they release them?”
The City said in a release last week most of the complaints received were due to aggressive white-tailed deer.
The Province told the Drive FM newsroom there is currently an investigation to confirm that the cull was completed in compliance with the issued permit.
– Liz White, BC Deer Protection Society spokesperson