Bravo to our mayor and council for pressing on with the deer cull in the face of the usual shrill and emotional opposition. We voted for Mr. Jensen primarily because of his policy of support for the cull.
My wife and I as well as some of our neighbours have frequently been followed by deer while walking our dogs in the neighbourhood. In our experience the females tend to be more aggressive – especially when accompanied by their fawns.
On one occasion our elderly neighbour was forced to shelter in a garage on Falkland Avenue to avoid a potentially nasty incident involving an aggressive doe (with fawn) who was then chased away by a roofing crew. These incidents were mainly during daylight hours. When I take my dog out in the late evening I see deer almost every time and am now carrying an air horn for self protection.
When we returned to Oak Bay in 1993 there were no deer encounters – indeed I don’t remember even seeing deer here until about 10 years ago. So much for the claims that we humans have displaced the critters. They are here only because of the abundant food supply and lack of predators. (The lack of predators may be changing as there have been cougar sightings on Dennison Road and Beach Drive/King George Terrace.)
Press on Mr. Mayor.