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No starling control funds from Enderby

Starling control has been grounded in Enderby.

Council voted Monday not to contribute $601 to a program that tries to minimize the economic impact of starlings, an invasive bird species.

“We haven’t been involved in the past couple of years so we are continuing on with that,” said Coun. Brad Case.

“We don’t have grapes and council thought the money could be better used elsewhere.”

The Regional District of North Okanagan has been asking all jurisdictions to contribute towards a total of $25,000 for the valley-wide initiative.

Starlings were brought to North America from Europe in 1890. The species can cause damage to fruit crops as well as at cattle feedlots.

It’s believed starlings generate about $4 million in losses a year for Okanagan farmers.

Enderby officials say there are no commercial fruit crops grown in the community.

“Council believes it’s not a major problem in our area,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.

But while Enderby is out, Lumby will contribute $432 towards the program.

“It supports the regional district’s priority of agriculture and we support that,” said Nick Hodge, a Lumby councillor.

 

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