Two Members Quit Deer Comittee

Officials on Vancouver Island are feuding over how to manage the deer population according to a report in the Victoria Times Colonist.

Two members of the Capital Regional District’s deer advisory committee have resigned, saying the process is broken beyond repair.

According to the story, the pair said they both went into the process with open minds. However, they found the structure of the advisory committee bogged down in opinion. They cited lack of expert evidence a poor facilitator and a farming bias.

According to the report, the 11-member committee was appointed in April to come up with recommendations for dealing with deer in the region.

The topic is highly controversial, the news outlet reported, with some Victoria residents adamantly opposed to killing deer and others arguing that numbers have to be reduced to stop gardens being gobbled, crops destroyed and people being injured in deer-vehicle collisions. The CRD has received 900 letters and emails on the subject.