Count a must in deer discussion

Quite a lot in Friday, Nov. 25 Oak Bay News about deer contraception and related matters

Quite a lot in Friday, Nov. 25 Oak Bay News about deer contraception and related matters.

We also had a letter which yet again trotted out the much used Mark Twain line about “Lies, damned lies and statistics.”

Apart from this being quite the least useful (if easily remembered) of Twain’s output, it happens to sit well alongside the great Oak Bay deer saga.

For too long many of those concerned have been fulminating, responding and occasionally striving to make policy without the benefit of an effective statistical base.

Now at last it looks as though we may be stumbling towards some helpful information.

It is too easy to plan without facts and as far as the deer problem is concerned enough is surely enough.

If Mark Twain was still around and living in Oak Bay he would no doubt have much to say on this but would, I am sure, agree that the first thing to do is count.

Frank Wilson

Oak Bay