Posts Tagged 'deer'

No obligation

A defense of the rights of people.

These creatures are not – as some animal lovers have suggested in interviews with this newspaper – “the weakest members of any society.” It’s not “genocide” to cull the herds, there’s no “obligation to feed them.” They are strong, independent members of their own society – but that’s not our human society. Deer are animals – can’t people get that?

There’s an argument that we have invaded their territory. Well, of course we have. We’ve been doing that ever since the Loyalists landed in the forested area that has since become Canada’s oldest incorporated city – the City of Saint John and its suburbs. That’s an essential part of the evolution of all societies – ours and theirs.

Small genocide

Quispamsis couple speak out against controlled deer hunt.

“I really can’t see where they have the right to kill them all,” said Susan Little. “I thoroughly enjoy my garden but nothing I can grow is as beautiful as one of those animals.”

A controlled hunt has been suggested as one potential solution to curb what provincial deer biologist Rod Cumberland refers to as a “nuisance deer issue” in the area. Cumberland said the belt from Millidgeville to Hampton generates more deer-related complaints than anywhere else in New Brunswick.

He said other solutions exist, but a hunt is the most realistic, economical and humane.

Peter Little, Susan’s husband, called the suggestion “genocide on a small scale.”

“Deer can’t speak for themselves,” he said. “A society is judged by the way it treats its weakest members and helpless animals are one of the weakest members of any society.”

Lock and load

Nanaimo psyched for cull option.

Nanaimo will have a new weapon in its arsenal for dealing with a pesky deer population: death.

Cervid stimulus

Federal government to spend over one-million dollars helping elk and deer ranchers globalize.

The Harper government is spending more than one-million dollars to help struggling elk and deer ranchers gain access to international markets.

Some markets for antler velvet and elk and deer meat have been restricted because of chronic wasting disease.

The disease, similar to mad cow disease, has been found in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The federal cash will help the cervid industry develop an animal traceability and food safety program that would meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency guidelines.

Sad story

B.C. plans to declare open season on white-tailed deer, citing increased numbers.

But Barry Brandow, a guide outfitter in the east Boundary region, disputes the ministry’s numbers, saying they are exaggerated.

“This problem is provincewide, but I can only speak with authority about my area,” said Brandow, 69, who claims the number of whitetails is closer to 15,000 for the Okanagan-Boundary region. “It’s a pretty sad story.”

Brandow said part of the problem is a loss of habitat to firebreaks, logging and roads and highways. “Clear-cuts bring in the wolves, the wolves prey on the mule deer, the mule deer is in trouble and now the whitetail have become prey.”

Brandow believes a general open season on whitetails is not sustainable and that irreparable harm could occur.

Deer explosion

Killarney looks at increase in population of deer.

Pauls said his Killarney-Turtle council is working with Manitoba Conservation on a plan to deal with the animals. Conservation officers will soon head out in a helicopter to get a better handle on what they’re up against.

“They’re going to count exactly how many deer are located within the town limits,” he said. “Then we’ll be able to come up with a number of what we want to take them down to. We’re either going to trap and relocate them or trap and destroy them.”

But some disgruntled residents have already taken matters into their own hands by poisoning or shooting the deer or putting up illegal electric fences, he said.

Deer rescue

Amherstburg residents try to save drowning deer.

Dozens of residents and boaters in hovercraft- style vessels staged a dramatic rescue operation Thursday afternoon when as many as seven deer wandered onto thin ice in the Detroit River and plunged into the frigid waters.Dozens of residents lined the shoreline, offering what aid they could and pleading for the animals to make it to safety.

Boaters managed to pluck one five-point buck out of the water and ferried him to shore, where efforts to warm the frozen animal were underway late Thursday afternoon.



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