Editor’s note: This statement addresses a letter published in the Similkameen Spotlight on Jan. 25 by Lifeforce, and animal rights group against deer culling.
I found the letter extremely one sided. Throwing out statistics and then mentioning, for example, Section 6 regarding the huge volume of ICBC claims since 2000, and then blaming all or any animals in general.
I would have liked to see other opinions like the man in the Similkameen Spotlight last year who had a black eye after an attack, or the people who have had their pets mauled and/or killed.
Not only are deer a nuisance but a danger to all. Come springtime, come out to the ballpark and see what a deer looks like when it has wood ticks stuck to it swollen as large as a baseball.
Know what happens when they reach a certain size? They have babies – hundreds and hundreds of them.
What about cougar? You must know what cougar preys on? Deer eat your garbage at your roadside, then a cougar arrives, then you come outside of your house and encounter a cougar.
Then what? You’d be screaming for deer control.
I would like to see a more humane way to. But please, telling people not to feed them means nothing. Nada.. Zip.
Like the town of Kimberly, we here in Princeton are right smack in the middle of facing what happens when a deer population goes beyond the limits of its environment.
Nicki Regimbal McIvor