Deer cull needed, resident tells council

  • Oct. 5, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Queen Charlotte resident Duncan White asked the village council Monday night (Oct. 1) about the prospects for a deer cull, calling the local deer “particularly brazen.”Mr. White said local gardeners have never been hit as hard as they have been this year. “We can’t really grow any leafed vegetables anymore unless we keep them all covered up,” he said. “They strip off the new growth on the raspberries and all the rest of our berries, they demolish the beans. If we could even come to an agreement with them that they would leave me half, I would be quite happy.”Mr. White asked if council members had participated in discussions on the deer issue at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference. Mayor Carol Kulesha said the village representatives try to divvy themselves up to attend as much as possible, but no one had attended the debate on deer cull resolutions.There were two resolutions at the UBCM relating to the topic. One requested a BC wildlife management plan to deal with wildlife conflict, and the other asked for funding for deer fencing for farm land. Both resolutions were endorsed by the UBCM.