Deer discussion to come after turkey

Saga continues as traps are expected to be available

The ongoing deer management saga in Oak Bay returns to council after the turkey hits the table.

Slated to be on the first agenda after Thanksgiving, Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen revealed some interesting news gleaned during the Union of B.C. Municipalities annual convention.

“There had been damage and destruction of the traps, but they’d been rebuilt,” Jensen said.

He added that during a UBCM session with Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, Jensen saw one or two steps forward with aid from the province.

“They’re working on supplying the Island with traps,” he said. They’re also allowing ministry staff to offer expertise where time permits.

Another big move is the revisiting of policy allowing relocation of deer. Something Oak Bay has been denied in the past, Jensen said.

“It looks like they’ll be reviewing that policy.”