by Gary Smith, Chairperson, Grand Forks Deer Committee
While the possibility of a deer cull remains a very real management option, there has been no cull. If a recommendation comes before council from the Deer Committee to proceed with a cull, the public will know about it.
Does are fawning at this time of year (meaning that the females are giving birth to their young) and tend to seek out hiding places to do so. It is quite natural to see fewer around in late spring.
Last November during the election, the following question appeared on the ballot: “Are you in support of a deer cull as a management option in Grand Forks?”
Of the 1,484 persons who responded, 895 were in the affirmative. That represents 60.31 per cent of the respondents being in support and is a clear majority.
As much as possible, we, as a committee, inform ourselves with facts and science to make rational decisions and to bring the best information and recommendations before council for their final deliberations and decisions.
Our hope is that citizens will respect and appreciate our efforts regardless of which side of the issue they support.