The Vancouver Island Animal Defense League is hosting a public forum to discuss non-lethal ways of controlling Nanaimo’s urban deer population. Most of us would agree that the deer are not safe where they are now. Deer are competing for turf with humans and many are being hit by cars. The Nanaimo Animal Control officer says their unit is picking up over 35 dead animals a month, most of them in the Hammond Bay Road area of North Nanaimo. It may be in the best interests of the deer community itself for some of the males to be sterilized or for animals to be relocated away from neighbourhoods where they have become too numerous.
Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan has said that he is uncomfortable with the idea of killing deer for the sake of convenience and that he will oppose the idea of the province downloading the responsibility to municipalities. In any case, the provincial government may decide to go ahead with a deer cull and it’s important to discuss humane alternatives beforehand. Views expressed at the forum will be forwarded to Nanaimo City Council. This public meeting will be at 7 pm on Monday, May 31, 2010, in the Kin Hut in Kinsman Park at Departure Bay Beach, Nanaimo.
Chris Kuderle of North Nanaimo sent me this comment:
“It’s ludicrous how fast some people drive on Departure Bay and Hammond Bay roads. I drive it every day and have never even come close to hitting a deer, child, or pet because I drive the limit while others go 70-100 kph. Its not only for the safety of the wildlife, pets etc, but for residents as well.”