No clear solution to Victoria region’s deer problem

The deer management citizens advisory group submits final report

The original version of this story stated a public input meeting would happen at the Sept. 19 meeting. CRD officials have since clarified that a public input meeting will take place later this fall.

Deer advocates and antagonists are being given one last chance to weigh in on how to deal with the frequently sighted animal in city limits.

The deer management citizens advisory group submitted its final report to the Capital Regional District last week, with recommendations ranging from sharpshooters on rural properties to subsidized fencing for farmers.

“The (advisory group) strongly believes there is clear and convincing evidence that deer in the CRD and that deer-human conflicts are on the rise,” the report states, adding the number of deer appears to have increased in recent years.

The report also calls on municipal and provincial governments to create stronger partnerships with First Nations groups to expand deer harvests, improve crop protection for regional farmers and establish a public education program for all accepted recommendations.

On Wednesday, the CRD’s planning, transportation and protective services committee will examine the report.

Directors will evaluate the general recommendations as well as those tailored to agricultural, rural and urban areas before creating an implementation plan.

Vic Derman, Saanich councillor and vice-chair of the committee overseeing deer management, cautioned that the recommendations are not set in stone and still need to undergo scrutiny in the coming weeks.

“We’re a steering committee for the board, and we’ll ultimately be making the recommendation to the board,” Derman told The News.

“There will be a full meeting dedicated to (public) input, and I expect it to be a long meeting,” he added.

The public input component of the process will take place in the coming months, said CRD spokesman Andy Orr.

Provincial numbers put the Vancouver Island deer population between 45,000 and 65,000, while there is no estimate for the Capital Region.



Just Posted

McClure house fire saw Victoria firefighters utilize drone for first time in live situation

Aerial device feeds intel to crews to help formulate firefighting action plans

Victoria beer leaguer turns heads as Joe Thornton doppleganger

Joe Thornton lookalike from Victoria makes it on

Jazz songstress Ellen Doty brings her sweet sound to Hermann’s Jazz Club

March 27 concert in Victoria part of national CD release tour

Victoria says #NeverAgain in solidarity with March For Our Lives

Youth Political Commons invites public to rally against gun violence March 24 at legislature

Why are these Saanich lots still sitting vacant?

Mayfair Lanes lot still empty, 12 years later

Submariners come home after 197-day deployment

Tears and laughter filled the jetty where emotional friends and family welcomed the HMCS Submarine Chicoutimi

B.C. Scientists witness first-ever documented killer whale infanticide

“It’s horrifying and fascinating at the same time.”

Charges formally laid against Nanaimo city manager

City of Nanaimo CAO Tracy Renee Samra charged with fear of injury/damage by another person

Okanagan Falls winery showing international photo project

Liquidity Wines will be sole Canadian show of National Geographic’s Photo Ark

Lawyer for one suspect in beating of man with autism says he’s not guilty

Ronjot Singh Dhami will turn himself in, lawyer said

Liberals awarded $100,000 contract to man at centre of Facebook data controversy

Christopher Wylie says his voter-profiling company collected private information from 50 million Facebook users

Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes in privacy scandal

Zuckerberg admits to privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, but no apology

UPDATE: Former B.C. city councillor sentenced nine months for sexual assault

Dave Murray, convicted this past fall, hired a private investigator to intrude on the victim’s life.

Online threat to U.S. high school traced to Canadian teen

A 14-year-old girl has been charged in connection with an online threat against a high school

Most Read