Public input sought on CRD deer report

Local councils need to act before province takes action: staff report

Two months after a citizens advisory group put forward its recommendations for deer management in the Capital Region, the province has told affected municipalities to choose their own actions to take on overpopulation.

In September, the Capital Regional District’s planning, transportation and protective services committee asked for provincial, federal and First Nations input on options that required inter-jurisdictional approval, such as a controlled public hunt.

But at an Oct. 3 meeting, provincial staff said any decisions must first come from municipal councils.

“The sense we got from both the federal government and the province was, ‘Don’t come and ask us to look at doing anything until you’ve done what you need to do locally,'” said Andy Orr, CRD spokesman.

Federal government and First Nations representatives did not attend the meeting, the report states.

Committee members will vote on Wednesday (Nov. 28) to allow staff to present the deer management report to municipal councils. The CRD’s committee of the whole will also need to approve the recommendation.

The report breaks down the options into four categories: conflict reduction (such as fencing and anti-feeding bylaws), population reduction (such as capturing or culling), deer-vehicle collision mitigation (such as lowering speed limits) and public education. It is then up to each municipality to decide what measures to take to deal with the issue.

“The CRD could be instrumental in implementing the recommended management strategy, most notably as the information provider to municipalities on implementing deer management measures,” the report states.

“The region could also take on the monitoring, reporting and evaluation functions, including administering the recommended oversight committee.”

The CRD does not currently have a wildlife management service, and any staff work would require funding, the report states.

The committee meeting takes place Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the CRD building, 625 Fisgard St. There will be an opportunity for public input.

To register to speak at the meeting, visit crd.bc.ca and search “deer management.”

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Sidney bank robbery suspect also sought in connect to Abbotsford robbery

Lucas Daryl Bradwell, 28, is known to frequent the Lower Mainland but is believed to be on Vancouver Island

More ideas come forward for Victoria’s Centennial Square

Ideas from over 1,400 residents are being presented to council

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Greater Victoria group helps low-income, at-risk seniors stay safe

Victoria chapter of 100+ Women Who Care donate $30,300 to Eldercare Foundation

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

U.S. tug firm to be sentenced for 2016 spill in B.C. First Nation’s territory

The Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016

Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings into Canada

Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada

Wolves not gnawing into Island’s prey population

Forestry practices, not predation, blamed for reduced numbers in prey animals

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

Most Read