Deer feeding targeted

Lumby is getting tough with people who encourage deer to become urbanized.

Council has given three readings to a bylaw to regulate the feeding of deer.

“Deer attract other animals and we don’t need that in the village. It could be a big problem,” said Coun. Nick Hodge of predators like cougars.

The village has received numerous complaints about the number of deer in the community, and it’s something Mayor Kevin Acton has experienced first hand.

“A deer bolted in front of us and almost hit us. They’re everywhere,” he said.

There is also a concern about deer becoming aggressive towards people and pets.

“They can attack. They’re made to defend themselves,” said Acton.

Anyone who contravenes the bylaw could be fined up to $500.

The bylaw must still be adopted by members of council.