Dead or alive, Cranbrook wants to see more deer removed from the community.
The city released their 2017 Urban Deer Management Report and are seeking another wildlife permit from the BC Government.
Mayor Lee Pratt says the city is open to whatever option the Province makes available.
“We’re okay with a cull or with a relocation or translocation,” Pratt says. “We were one of the first ones involved in the translocation trial and that was done. The results aren’t back yet, but we’re okay either way.”
He says all that matter is that the animals are removed from the community.
“We just want the problem solved and to be part of the solution. They (The Province) say they are their deer, but they make the rules on what we can do and we take all the flak for it,” Pratt says. “I said last year when we did it not to get mad at us about it. Its the Province, they make the rules.”
Cranbrook killed 50 deer in a cull earlier this year.
A total of 63 deer were destroyed through four other culls conducted in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016
– Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt