The City of Kimberley gave approval last night (MONDAY) to kill mule deer that moved to Canal Flats after last year’s translocation.
Kimberley approved a translocation project last year that removed roughly 50 of the animals from city streets.
Those deer were moved to a remote area north of Canal Flats, where up to 50 per cent have remained outside cities, but others have moved into the nearby community.
Mayor Don McCormick says the culling approved was part of the agreement to get the license last year for translocation in the first place.
“We did this extension under duress, we weren’t happy about it, but we did it,” McCormick says. “We’re going to have to do it, we did set aside $5,000 to make this happen.”
Councillor Darryl Oakley says last year’s translocation was a tremendous success, with over half of the animals staying out in the wild.
“50 per cent of the animals are in fairly remote areas and not actually hanging out in communities, while 50 per cent are,” Oakley says. “Of those 50 per cent that do come into the community, some are coming and going. They are doing what deer do. they move around.”
Council also plans to pursue another translocation license, seeking to remove up to 100 mule deer from the community in 2019.
They hope to secure provincial funding to support the operation next year.
– Kimberley Mayor, Don McCormick
– Kimberley Councillor, Darryl Oakley
(Picture from 2017’s translocation of deer from Kimberley. Photo from Councillor Darryl Oakley.)