Cull cost climbing too high

Government funded agencies must have the meat federally inspected as there is talk of tainted meat in a stressed animal.

When Oak Bay decided on a deer cull last year the mayor said they would kill 25 deer and the cost would be $12,500 or $500 per deer.

Last week an anonymous hunter who called himself Fred was on a radio show in Victoria saying he has had numerous closed door meetings with the mayor of Oak Bay and the CAO and had offered his services.

As he is a bow hunter he claimed he could take out the 25 deer in a three to six month time frame all stealthily without the population knowing it.

He is restricted to hunting in daylight and not in parks or near structures or roads. His offer was refused. What was baffling him the most was the amount of money Oak Bay and the CRD have allocated to this cull.

He further said that if he killed the deer the meat would be given to First Nations, families in need and any agency that is not funded by the government.

Government funded agencies must have the meat federally inspected as there is talk of tainted meat in a stressed animal.

He firmly believes his method of hunting is much more humane than trapping and killing the deer with a bolt gun, which is ironic as the mayor and provincial vet seem to be the only people that believe the trap method is humane.

And we were led to believe it was $12,500. Unfortunately the plot thickens!

William Jesse

Oak Bay