Remember: Feeding deer is against the law

no one is to provide deer with food by intentionally leaving food, food waste or other edible material for the sole purpose of feeding deer

  • May. 16, 2013 3:00 p.m.

Residents of and visitors to Cranbrook are reminded that intentionally feeding deer is against the law.

A release from the City this week said the Deer Feeding Prohibition Bylaw, which came into effect in October, 2010, states no one is to provide deer with food by intentionally leaving food, food waste or other attractive edible material for the sole purpose of feeding deer.

For example, leaving out a bale of hay, a bag of apples or other compostable food scraps on a residential lot or property where these items are not consistently being produced for human consumption would be seen as an infraction to the bylaw.

Home fruit and vegetable gardens intended for human consumption or ornamental plants and flowers, however, are fine.

Anyone found violating the Deer Feeding Prohibition Bylaw will be committing an offense and can be fined on an escalating fine schedule; $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, $500 for the third.

Each day a violation occurs constitutes a new and separate offense.

To view a copy of the Deer Feeding Prohibition Bylaw 3709, 2010, visit  www.cranbrook.ca and click on ‘Bylaws’, under the Quick Links list on the homepage.