Re: "Geese, deer damage force Galeys to scale back farm," Dec. 6.
My suggestion with the deer is to fence them in, rather than out, and develop a locovore semi-domesticated venison industry.
It works in Britain - why not here? Venison charcuterie, anyone?
As for geese, the good thing is that shotgun pellets are not as dangerous at long range as rifle bullets, and local geese culls should be organized by the local hunting fraternity. I've had B.C. elk, deer and moose roasts, steaks and "elkeroni" many times, and Canada goose from Saskatchewan for Christmas dinner, and they are great. Not only are the products organic, but the development of this initiative would also provide jobs for local meat processors.
With the emphasis on the 100-kilometre diet and the sanctity of the ALR lands, it's unfair that farmers such as Rob Galey are potentially put out of business, not by the problem wildlife, but by invertebrate politicians who like to duck issues, and others who think deer and geese are somehow different from cows, pigs, lambs, chickens and turkeys.
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