Crying wolf won’t solve deer problems

I found it disturbing to find that another newly formed special interest group has taken legal action against the District of Invermere.

I found it disturbing to find that another newly formed special interest group has taken legal action against the District of Invermere (“District and deer protectors lock legal horns,” February 15). Claiming that there was not sufficient process involved in making the decision to cull the resident deer population.

I would urge this group to review the actual process that was involved before they waste any more of the court system’s time and resources as your civil case has little merit. Obtaining a temporary injunction in non-contested motion in relatively easy.

Should council choose to oppose your action, the court will hear that council followed all the steps necessary to make this decision, as did the other councils in the area which are participating in culls. And that it was the province that granted the cull license.

You had ample time and opportunity to voice your issues at the time council was considering the options and results of the ungulate survey.

Further, you had the opportunity to raise the issue in the past election, the decision was public at the time.

If the matter was of this much importance to your group, where were you when the process was in motion? And during the election?

Claiming that you were not aware of the process indicates to me that typical laissez- faire attitude so prevalent in our fellow Canadians in many matters.

I don’t consider myself plugged in to the local political scene, but I was aware of the ongoing process.

Had I issues such as yours, I would have sought out at least one of our elected officials and let them know.

It’s not like we don’t know who they are, and if you don’t happen to see them on the streets they are in the phone book.

There are many issues that affect your day-to-day life in the hands of elected officials at all levels. It is up to you to let your views be known to them.

Don’t let the case of the HST referendum lead you to believe that to “cry wolf” after elected politicians at any level make decisions that affect our lives in any way will change policy.

You have to be vigilant about what elected officials do on our behalf constantly. The HST case is not finished and their may still be battles ahead on the matter.

It is your responsibility to be aware of what policies elected officiations are instituting at all levels: federal, provincial and even more importantly at your local level.

Ron Looye

Invermere