How wonderful hindsight is. Did anyone ever think that those cute deer wandering around town adding charm to the rural aspect of Invermere would become such a problem? No, I don’t think so. Killing an animal is an emotional act whether common sense comes into it or not.
Yet those of us who are against the use of clover traps and bolt guns are being ridiculed (Bambi-lovers) or accused of letting our emotions get the better of us.
I know ignorance is no defense in law but it is only recently that I was able to see a video that showed how clover traps were used in just tagging deer and the panic it causes.
I have been told that the majority were in favor of this type of cull when it was first suggested so there was little point in attending council meetings, even if I could. See arguments in the House of Commons…
I suggest that DOI use that $35,000 towards helping those who fear and hate deer to build fences around their property. Shut the town and highways into and out of Invermere down for a few hours and with the aid of volunteers and cattle herding dogs handlers herd the deer back to what’s left of Crown land or provincial parks where they belong. Think of the good advertising this would bring. Of course it would take the whole cooperation of the town and that would be newsworthy indeed, wouldn’t it?