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Anti-deer cull rally planned in Victoria Saturday

DeerSafe Victoria, which strongly opposed Oak Bay’s recent deer cull, is organizing a rally Saturday at Centennial Square to protest further culls.
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A family of deer make their way across a path at Uplands Golf Course.

DeerSafe Victoria, which strongly opposed Oak Bay’s recent deer cull, is organizing a rally Saturday at Centennial Square to protest further culls.

The organization hopes the event will send a message to Victoria council and the Capital Regional District, said DeerSafe founder Kelly Carson.

“It’s not our intention to attract tourist attention — the Oak Bay cull gave that city enough negative publicity on its own,” Carson said.

Eleven deer were killed in February during the cull, part of the CRD deer-management pilot project.

Carson is concerned Victoria and other municipalities will consider following Oak Bay.

“Our wildlife belong to us all. By using our tax dollars to implement a killing program, the municipalities will make us all complicit in something that we are vehemently against.”

The rally is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m.