Went down to the DeerSafeVictoria rally in Oak Bay. The leafy municipality is set to begin a cull of the endemic deer population. Here’s what opponents say; “We know that Oak Bay is going ahead with a clover trap/bolt gun kill of 25 deer in January 2015. Naturally they will not be announcing when the killing will take place.
DeerSafe will be holding a rally at City Hall on Oak Bay Avenue on Saturday, January 3, 2015 between 1 pm and 3 pm. Some signs will be provided, but please feel free to bring a heartfelt sign of your own.
It is not too late for Oak Bay to do the right thing. They could ask the CRD to renew the Regional Deer Management Strategy, with meaningful research into non-lethal management. The council recently agreed to a few more deer crossing signs, but stopped short of implementing lower speed limits. “Public education” included linking to two awareness pamphlets on the CRD website to Oak Bay’s website! A $300 fine for feeding deer and raised fence heights were the only other conflict mitigation measures that the council undertook.
The price tag is $1000 per deer, and we should be asking the Oak Bay council why that was a prohibitive price when the topic was immunocontraception. “