I think the town should have been on top of the people that have been feeding the deer all these years.
If the fines had been issued and enforced all these years we wouldn’t have this problem now because it would have deterred them from feeding in the first place and /or the money from the fines would have paid to remove the deer so as the problem would have never gotten to this proportion.
The fine should be large enough to pay for the employees and the removal of the deer. This way the people creating the problem can pay to clean it up, not all the tax payers.
This isn’t just the ones who put out food just for the deer, it also includes the gardens and the bird feeders (don’t we have a beetle problem in our forests) that people don’t protect the deer from getting into.
Food for thought, tree huggers. When wildlife is being damaged it is doing something that is not natural to them. Carrots don’t grow on trees, seeds and oats don’t fall from the sky.
I would like to see the town and regional district get on top of this and start fining the hell out of people.
There are laws against feeding wildlife and these are to protect the animals. If there are five deer in a yard fine them a $1,000 a head. Follow the people home from the weed and feed stores get on it.
By the way I think at this point the most humane way to deal with this problem is to cull the deer and feed people with the meat.
The feeder should have to do the killing.