Councillor Tara Ney clarifies her view on deer cull

My presence in the photo has left some readers confused about my position to deal with the over population of deer in Oak Bay.

The article, Deer report has no effect on plan to cull (News, Oct. 17) reports that, after receiving a staff update, Oak Bay council will move forward with a deer cull to reduce the overpopulation of deer in Oak Bay.

The article was accompanied with a photo that shows me at a “block party to express gratitude for green space and for the deer” held by residents opposed to the deer cull on the grounds of city hall which may have implied that I am opposed to a cull.

I had stopped by this event to share the current plans of council to cull the deer, which I support. Talking and listening to residents that have differing opinions is an important part of my job on council.

By association, my presence in the photo has left some readers confused about my position to deal with the over population of deer in Oak Bay.

Let me clarify: council unanimously agreed to initiate a deer management plan in March 2013.

All animals deserve to be treated humanely. The idea of destroying deer doesn’t sit well with any of us. However, the statistics show a 400 per cent increase in deer deaths since 2011 due to collisions, impalement in fences, starvation, and infection.

Moving forward with this plan is the humane thing to do.

Tara Ney

Oak Bay councillor

 

Just Posted

Autism support dog helps Langford boy hold his head high

Family shares story for Autism Awareness Month

Give your immunity a boost for National Immunization Awareness Week

Immunize Canada calls on Canadians to stay up to date with their immunizations

Bear sightings historically rare in Langford: City staff

51 bear complaints or sightings in last year

Families hop over to Easter celebrations at Millstream Village

Annual Easter Eggstravaganza had lineups before 11 a.m.

Parishioners bear the weight of a large wooden cross on Good Friday

Good Friday Passion Procession winds through streets of Victoria

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Most Read