Reader thankful for a non-lethal approach

I’m grateful for the recently formed Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society

I am thankful to have attended last week’s Oak Bay council and the Capital Regional District meeting relating to deer management.

It was gratifying to see that there is growing openness to a non-lethal approach to population reduction of deer when there is a perception of overabundance. I’m grateful for the recently formed Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society. It has an enthusiastic board and six wildlife biologists, and access to the SpayVac contraceptive. With pilot project plans to study the little understood behaviour of urban deer, including an Oak Bay count and compassionately tended traps, the UWSS is applying to humanely vaccinate up to 25 does in Oak Bay over an appropriate span of time.

The UWSS has raised about $12,000 in contributions from a supportive public before Oak Bay council granted $5,000, conditional on the receipt of permits, and once a formal application is concluded, $35,000 from the CRD. The SPCA had opposed Oak Bay’s deer cull, but is supportive of the contraceptive project.

Marion Cumming,

Oak Bay


Just Posted

Urbanists hope to see Victoria’s unused rooftops, parkades, parking lots become usable green space

Downtown Residents Association says city dwellers should have access to parks

For the love of fibre: fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Cemetery tour explores Metchosin’s early history

A tour with grave consequences for those wishing to explore Metchosin’s history takes place Aug. 25

PHOTOS: Cool cats cruise in for the ninth annual Langford Show and Shine bash

The ninth annual event features classic and muscle cars and several prizes

PHOTOS: Playful pooches take over Bullen Park for free event Saturday, Sunday

Ninth annual Pet-A-Palooza featured a mud run, weiner dog races, puppy stampede and more

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read