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Greater Victoria mayors reach urban deer standstill with province

By Nicole Crescenzi
Victoria News
November 6, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mayors of Greater Victoria are back to square one in exploring additional options for urban deer management. In September, mayors from eight municipalities…penned a letter the the Ministry of Forests in hopes of arranging a meeting with Minister Doug Donaldson. Leading up to the letter, the mayors discussed how a regional effort needed to be taken for deer management…Any form of wildlife management must go through the province. …“As a group of eight mayors we were very disappointed that we could not get a meeting, neither here nor at the UBCM,” Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins said. …Black Press reached out to the Ministry of Forests on why a meeting couldn’t be arranged. “We welcome an invitation for staff to meet with the mayors regarding options on urban deer control. If options are not identified through discussions with staff, the Minister is pleased to discuss real or perceived barriers”, said a ministry spokesperson.

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