By The District of Elkford
The District of Elkford would like to provide a further and final update to the Community of Elkford on the deer harvest (cull) that was conducted in January. The Permit issued by the Province of B.C. authorized the District to cull up to 50 urban deer. The cull commenced on January 6 and was completed on January 24. A total of 39 urban mule deer were culled. The deer meat has been processed and donated to regional food banks.
At this time, Mayor and Council would like to extend thanks to the members of the community who assisted, and to the contractors who completed the operation. We would like to thank all employees who were impacted by the tough decision that was made by Council, and a special thanks to those employees who were tasked with carrying out that decision. In addition, Mayor and Council would like to extend our appreciation to past members of the dissolved Urban Deer Management Advisory Committee, and the current members of the Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee.
Moving forward, this Committee will continue to work on all wildlife issues (including urban deer), to continue the research and recommend solutions to better manage human-wildlife interactions in our community.