City acknowledges 20 deer culled

Urban deer population management program ran from Dec. 1, 2015 to Jan 13, 2016 in Cranbrook.

Cranbrook city council officially acknowledged that an urban deer cull was carried out, with 20 deer being captured and euthanized over the last six weeks.

In a media release issued after a city council meeting on Monday, Jan. 18, the city said a wildlife permit was obtained in October and valid until the end of January.

“I am very pleased with the results of this program to manage and control our urban deer situation,” said Mayor Lee Pratt, in the press release. “I know some people do not agree with our program, but in the interest of the protection of citizens’ property and the safety of our residents it had to be done.”

Councillor Wes Graham filled in for Mayor Lee Pratt, who was unable to make the meeting due to illness.

It’s the first public acknowledgement of a cull since the B.C. Deer Protection Society and the Animal Alliance of Canada accused the city of approving and conducting a cull behind closed doors.

The B.C. Deer Protection Society posted video of a deer caught in a clover trap before being shot twice by a bolt gun. Photographs of two other fawns caught in a collapsed clover trap were also posted on their website.

Sherry Adams, a local Cranbrook resident who opposes the cull, said she was disappointed the matter wasn’t discussed vocally during the council meeting.

“It would’ve been nice if they discussed things openly instead of always doing things in-camera,” Adams said. “Democracy is about transparency and that would’ve been nice if the Cranbrook council would do that.”

The program came in at $10,374 under a $15,000 budget, which rounds out to 494 per animal. Built into the cost included overhead such as clover trap setup and takedown, purchase of bait and supplies, packaging and distribution of the meat, and all associated contractor administration costs.

From the 20 deer culled, over 855 pounds of meat was processed by a local butcher, processed in a government-approved facility and distributed to three local organizations for human consumption—all a part of the guidelines within the wildlife permit approved by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Specific areas of the city targeted with clover traps was based on complaints received by staff, along with results from a deer count, which identified 137 urban ungulates. That is the highest result since the city began keeping track of urban deer numbers in 2010.

Though this is the third cull that Cranbrook has conducted, Adams hopes that the city will consider non-lethal actions in the future.

“We want them to stop culling the deer, especially after we’ve shown them evidence that it’s not going the way it’s supposed to be going,” Adams said. “The deer are being treated in an inhumane fashion, as we thought all along, that violations to that permit—that’s not supposed to be happening, so we’d like them to stop culling and commit to some humane management.

“Whether that mean relocation or look more seriously at hazing, I think that’s a good option as well. I think it’s been kind of dismissed by them [council] but if you talk to the people who do it, it can easily be done.”

The City of Cranbrook, along with Kimberley, Sparwood, and Invermere, are participating in a urban deer translocation trial project set for mid-February, which is being conducted by VAST Resource Solutions.

In the same media release that outlined the deer cull details, Pratt said the city remains committed to the project, having kicked in $10,000 last fall.

“The recent population management program was approved and organized before we knew exactly when the translocation trial was going to begin,” says Mayor Pratt. “We have direction from our residents to try to deal with our urban deer population. The current method used to manage deer populations is the only way we are authorized to do that, which is dictated by the Wildlife Act and enforced by MFLNRO.

“It is very important for the public to recognize that this upcoming translocation trial is only a test and was never intended to move a large number of animals from each municipality involved and large numbers of urban deer will still remain in Cranbrook.”

 

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Cranbrook Arts has opened the doors of their  new gallery space to the public with their inaugural exhibit, Kootenay’s Best.
‘Kootenay’s Best’ opens Cranbrook Arts’ new gallery

This exhibit has been in the works for the past several months and features the work of more than 50 emerging and established artists from across the Kootenays

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read