A major part of Kimberley’s deer management policy is education and awareness. And a major part of the education has been teaching people about the negative affects of feeding deer. On the advice of the Urban Deer Committee, the City has raised the fine for feeding deer to $500.
Coun. Darryl Oakley, who sits on the Deer Committee wants to ensure that the bylaw is being enforced. He says he and the Committee members were surprised to hear of incidents of feeding deer in Marysville last month, but have seen no tickets issued.
“What are we doing when we have a bylaw but no tickets?” Oakley asked. “We need to follow through as a City on the bylaw.”
Chief Corporate Administrative Officer George Stratton told Oakley that the bylaw officer was following through but in most cases he gives a warning first, especially in cases involving a senior. He also said that sometimes it is not possible to target exactly who is the problem.
“One of the problems is identifying the person feeding. You get allegations of someone down the block, but who?”
Oakley said he would like to see the bylaw officer report when he has conversations with citizens about feeding wildlife in his monthly reports to Council just so the deer committee can keep track of them.