I wish to add to the ongoing debate, “to kill or not to kill” the deer in Oak Bay. That is the question.
But should it be a question? Or a debate? Can a cull ever be humane?
In place of a cull, I suggest we try to coexist with the deer – with the use of effective contraception, road signs that help prevent deer-vehicle collisions, fencing, and deer-resistant plants.
Finally, we should encourage governments to demand sustainable forestry practices in order for deer to remain in the forest.
We human animals are supposed to be humane. Let us live up to our reputation.
Dr. Hinda Avery