A doe with the new GPS collar and identification tags. The collars are GPS radio collars that allow the research team to track the does movements though satellites. They are the lightest-weight collars on the market (3 lbs) and have a timed drop-off mechanism. When the collars are put on, the timer starts and the collars drop off on their own after two years. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Letter: Deer collaring an ‘unproven methodology’

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It is very disingenuous of the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society to claim they are using a “science-based” approach to urban deer management. There isn’t any scientific evidence at all that deer contraception works. As stated in 10 does down, 10 left to go “this is a trial to see how it goes.”

We are spending our tax dollars on unproven methodology, while another three years will pass, and more deer will be born. The Oak Bay council was irresponsible in allotting funds to the UWSS. The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society is not providing any answers to the urban deer problem, but only allowing more nuisance deer to be born and causing further delays to finding a solution, while using taxpayers’ money.

Sincerely,

Terry Vatrt

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