Referendum on cull urged, and most humane method must be sought

Letter to the editor regarding urban deer population

On Dec. 21, the Saanich News printed three thoughtful letters of, essentially, protest on future plans to kill (cull) deer.  Thanks are owed to the concerned individuals who wrote, and to the News for printing their insights into the controversy.

The clover trap/bolt gun method currently being considered for eliminating them sounds heartless and presents an image of panic, entanglement and hours of fear that would precede the arrival of the man with the gun.

A referendum should be held before any killing is undertaken, and if the results prove that a majority of citizens want to see deer removed from our communities, then the absolutely most humane method must be found.

Dana Wessel

Saanich