Open season

Resident raises questions about the handling of wildlife

I just heard  that conservation officers have made the decision to kill the deer in Coldstream because he was becoming habituated to humans and may pose a danger to humans.

They also indicated that with rutting season coming, it may make the deer more aggressive.

I am appalled at the decision to put the animal down.

I live in a neighbourhood where the deer wander in and out of our neighbourhood all year long.

Guess what, no one has been attacked (neither human or dogs).  Fancy that, they leave us alone.

I was always under the impression that conservation was to save our animal population, but I’m beginning to wonder if conservation means kill.

This seems to happen on a regular basis – kill the mother bear and her cubs, kill the deer.

I am so angry and totally disgusted with the polices that this arm of the government has.

It appears that it is open season on any animal with four legs.  What’s next? The birds?

Is it really because the animal may become aggressive, or is it because our conservation officers can’t be bothered to perhaps remove the animal and place it in an area where it is not going to wander into an area where humans are?

Is money the deciding factor here?

Is our government too tight with its budgets that these officers have no choice because there isn’t the money or the personnel to remove these animals to a safer place?

Tell me, what’s the purpose of having conservation officers?

We might as well just call on the police or a local hunter and have them come out and shoot the animal.

What’s next?

 

Fran Skeates

Vernon