The City of Kimberley wants to reduce its deer population yet again.
City council has spent years approving population control measures to bring the population of deer in the community to under 125 animals.
Now they`ve set a new threshold on the recommendations of their urban deer committee.
Councillor Darryl Oakley says they are now aiming to have less than 30 in the community.
“Its a pretty low density, but you have a habituated doe with fawns that’s very aggressive, that’s not a good thing,” Oakley says. “They see you coming a long ways away and they start coming after you. That’s terrifying for a lot of people.”
The city at one point had over 200 deer wandering streets. Now there are around 100 remaining.
“It sounds like a nice number to go for, but the reality is you are always going to have deer in town, so can you actually remove enough deer to end up with 30?” Oakley says. “That still remains a question of the deer committee and Councillor Goodwin put forward that goal to try and get the density as low as possible.”
Council has been conducting population control methods for several years, including translocation trials over the last three years.
Before that, the city conducted several culls, which attracted a backlash from residents and led to several sabotaged deer traps.
– Kimberley Councillor, Darryl Oakley
(Photo of deer translocation in Kimberley provided by Darryl Oakley.)