The Capital Regional District's deer committee has failed.
It has failed senior gardeners who suffer immeasurably from deer predation.
For afflicted aging seniors, whose gardens are their main food source, their exercise, and their recreation, these are dreadful losses and trials near the end of their lives.
It has failed the deer. The city is not a healthy environment for deer. They habituate the edge of the forest where they obtain a decent living by foraging salal and poison oak, facing up to and outwitting their predators, having a place to hide their young, etc. It is unnatural for them not to have predators, unnatural for them to live off human garden produce, unnatural for them to be subject to traffic.
It has failed us all by dismissing almost all practical solutions. Deer can be re-situated, relocated, even if they do not travel well. They do not have to be killed, as this will offend so many. Were they as dangerous as either cougar or bear, they would long ago have been properly tranquillized and removed to natural habitat.
It has failed to face up to the long-term problem of an increasing population of deer. Where there used to be two fawns and a doe, there are five. The doe suffers from an injured leg, presumably from a vehicle injury, but agencies have done nothing to help.
Politicians should simply take immediate action to relocate the deer and forget about seeking committee advice. We have put up with this awful abuse long enough.
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