LETTER: Deer stewardship position puzzling

Re: Provincial deer counts fund “scientific” count, Oak Bay News, March 22

Re: Oak Bay scores provincial funds to count deer, Oak Bay News, March 22

I am puzzled by the stewardship and the “ecological compass” of the so-called Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society.

Our exceptional urban forest, its associated ecosystems and numerous rare and endangered plants are our main terrestrial, ecological assets in Oak Bay. By far.

Threats to these exceptional, natural assets are coming from several directions, including the over abundant, urban black-tailed deer.

In my view, stewardship means being concerned first and foremost with our rarest wild plants and animals and our numerous species at risk. We have dozens in Oak Bay.

Enhancing our urban ecology is a huge challenge, particularly in Oak Bay, a living museum of sorts. Anything that degrades our urban ecology and natural heritage should be tackled boldly and expeditiously.

Jacques Sirois

Oak Bay


Just Posted

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Crews respond to near drowning at Thetis Lake

Man taken to hospital after calls come in of drowning in progress

Wooldog among mysteries uncovered with powerful UVic microscope

Finding ‘Mutton,’ a dog lost in a Smithsonian drawer for 150 years

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Optometrist pedals through depression, leads others for the cause

Ride Don’t Hide bike rides start, end at Windsor Park

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read