Letter: Deer pose threat to residents and pets

Re: Dog’s death points to risk deer pose, Oak Bay News, Sept. 23

I totally support and agree with the points made in Heather Holmes letter. How sad for her dog Ollie not to be safe on his own property.

I have lived in Oak Bay for 27 years and I definitely see many more deer each year.

I used to drive to and from south Oak Bay to UVic daily before I recently retired. It was dangerous as the deer have no fear of automobiles and would run across the road, usually in groups of two or three.

This was almost a daily occurrence and more so around 5 to 6 p.m. in the winter months as it got darker. It is only a matter of time before there is a life-threatening car accident caused by the deer.

It is also only a matter of time before cougars recognize that Oak Bay is a good source of venison.

These are not Disneyland Bambis.

To help prevent the unwelcome deer entering our yard we have had to spend a large amount of money to purchase deer fencing and a tall cast iron gate as a barrier to protect our beloved dog and the garden.

My message to DeerSafe and UWSS is to acknowledge you are wrong and recognize that a deer cull is the solution and please don’t put your unwanted propaganda literature in our mailbox.

Diane Johnston

Oak Bay

 

 

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