Kimberley Mayor talks deer with Minister of Environment

Same message for all communities; no money available for research and management of urban deer.

Kimberley Mayor Ron McRae

At the Union of British Columbia Municipalities meeting in Victoria last week, Kimberley Mayor Ron McRae was in on a meeting with Minister of Environment Terry Lake and other communities facing an urban deer problem.

McRae said what the communities were presenting was essentially an invitation to the province to become a partner with affected communities, sponsoring research on how to better manage urban deer populations.

“He listened to what we prevented, but it’s pretty clear there is no money available. He indicated that if individual communities wanted to do research, the province could help out but there is no money. He did ask us to continue to communicate and keep his Ministry updated as we move to the deer count this fall.”

McRae says that in terms of a larger strategy the province isn’t in a position to provide funds.

As it stands right now, Kimberley and Cranbrook are the only municipalities in the province to have done a cull. Invermere attempted one and ended up being challenged in court.

Many communities are watching that Invermere court case, McRae says, because it potentially have repercussions for all communities considering a cull.

“We are all watching and waiting to see how the Invermere challenge goes. The case is related to process not the cull itself as I understand it. But one could put two and two together and say if the challenge is successful with that particular piece, any other community could have issues as well.”

McRae says it is difficult to understand exactly how this legal challenge is moving forward.

“In talking with Mayor Taft the legal challenge is based around not having public hearings, but they didn’t have to have those hearings as they weren’t putting a bylaw in place. They did resolutions around the cull. To be quite honest they are quite confused about the case and how it proceeds under the Community Charter.”

Just Posted

Kimberley hopes to continue deer translocation

Animal Alliance stepping up campaign for non-lethal methods of dealing with deer

Rings stolen from local jewelry store

RCMP investigating after man snatches rings and runs out the store.

Man charged with fraud makes brief court appearance

Mike Gould, who pledged millions to hockey team, will be back in court on Feb. 13.

Clovechok issues statement on bench lands

A municipal issue, not a provincial one, MLA says

New regulations in place for arenas and curling rinks

Kimberley’s manager of Parks, Recreation and Facilities says the city’s facilities are outside the scope of the order

News recap: Kimberley

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Kimberley.

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

B.C. Liberal hopefuls begin final leadership push

Five MLAs, one outsider pitch policies to party members

UPDATED: ‘Young, innocent’ teen hit during Vancouver shootout dies

15-year-old Coquitlam boy was in a car driving by the scene

Ontario man charged with selling Canadian’s usernames and passwords

Ontario man ran site that peddled billions of pieces of personal data: RCMP

Video: B.C. documentary features Okanagan ice climbing

First documentary for Penticton filmmaker captures elusive Okanagan ice climbing

David Emerson quits lumber talks as legal action begins

Former federal minister served as B.C. softwood trade point man

Singer of the Cranberries dead at 46

Her publicist says Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available.

Toronto police say young girl made up story about hijab cutting

The investigation has been closed after 11-year-old girl claimed her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man

Most Read