Friday, January 25, 2013

Poaching "Strike and Loss" - this is bowhunting

From a presentation that was removed from the United Bowhunters of BC website (PHRAAC Presentation by UBBC, slide six):

Saturday, January 19, 2013

More Dirty Tricks from the District of Invermere

The DOI has trotted out an offer to relocate deer, knowing that relocation is not considered humane, as addressed in the BC Urban Ungulate Report, a document that has been reviewed by every deer committe in the province:

o High mortality after release negates the perceived “humaneness” of this action.
o Animals can suffer extreme stress during capture and relocation, capture related injuries and mortality, capture myopathy causing debilitation and death, and incur high incidental mortality rates following release.
o Not as humane as the public might think; not necessarily a non-lethal management option
o High ungulate mortality rates, both during capture and following release, may occur
o Ungulates may be injured during the capture or transport process
o Ungulates subject to capture and relocations are susceptible to capture myopathy; a significant mortality factor.
o Requires substantial financial and logistical commitments of trained personnel and equipment to ensure human and animal safety
o Disrupts resident populations and may increase disease spread, initiate or exacerbate other land use conflicts, or disturb existing predator-prey balance
o Ungulates habituated to urban environments may seek out comparable residential locations from which they came
o Few skilled contractors available, requires significant investment of Ministry staff time

The BCSPCA's Position Statement Urban Deer also advises that relocation is inhumane:

The relocation of mature deer is contentious as many studies have shown that high mortality and fatal injuries result from the stress of capture and transportation. Further studies have revealed that mortality is also high post-release due to enduring stress from capture and transport, the inability to adapt to unfamiliar territory, and naivety to new predators.

Members of the Invermere Deer Protection Society were advised that a last-minute agenda item was added to their Tuesday, January 10, 2012 meeting by Mayor Gerry Taft via a Facebook message to one IDPS member who was out of town. Gerry Taft sent the message at 12:25 AM, Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

Hi Kathy, I wanted to let you know that we are planning on adding a late item to the agenda for Tuesday DOI council meeting regarding a position on funding non-lethal options for managing urban deer.
I left the IDPS solutions group, and now I can't find it but if you can let interested people know that this is planned to be discussed that would be appreciated.
Thanks, Gerry”

Gerry Taft has the email addresses of many IDPS members, yet he chose to message one member by Facebook, after midnight, the day of the council meeting.

Special meetings, either open or closed, are scheduled as needed, subject to 24 hours notice, except in emergency situations, when such notice can be waived by unanimous vote of council. Pursuant to the BC Local Government Act.

District of Invermere approves funding for urban deer relocation