Invermere: Relocation and cull urged for deer population July 19, 2011 Canada





Invermere: Relocation and cull urged for deer population July 19, 2011 Canada Valley Echo

The district's Urban DeerCommittee is recommending a two-pronged ...some district deer will be trapped and relocated to the Upper Kootenay River Valley, a site offered to the district by the provincial Ministry of Environment. Others would be captured and put down....In the meantime, the district would also start a major educational initiative that would inform residents of the deer issues and "offer non-lethal options to land owners to discourage deer or reduce incidents, such as appropriate landscaping and the use of fencing."
Even if the district opted for a relocation-only program, "capture, handling, transport and release in unfamiliar territory can result in moderate to high rates of injury and mortality," the report notes. The option may be more expensive long term, and there's also the risk city-slicker deer may simply move back into the nearest urban community once they've been deposited in the wild....A cull, meanwhile, "may generate public complaints" and could have steep startup costs if the district purchases its own traps and bolt guns.




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