Published: June 19, 2013 8:25 AM
June 19, 2013 8:25 AM
Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald is asking the
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for quick
changes to the Wildlife Act after the recent deer hazing trial in
He will be meeting with Minister Steve Thomson later this month
and at that time will ask him to make the necessary moves that will
allow hazing to be used as a tool in deer management.
Macdonald says it was a positive sign that a temporary hazing
permit was allowed in Kimberley, and he hopes the Ministry will move
"The Ministry position on hazing has always been that it
needs a change in legislation. I'm saying it should be done,"
Macdonald said. "It's one more tool for managing urban deer and
I know the local government in Kimberley wants to have that option."
Macdonald says that parts of the Wildlife Act are simply archaic,
in that you can get a permit to cull deer but not to haze them.
"I think the part around dogs was originally intended to make
sure people handled their dogs around deer, that pets didn't chase
wildlife, but that means hazing is not allowed.
"But now many well-informed people feel hazing under the
right conditions is an appropriate tool for deer management.
"Deer are a provincial responsibility so the province needs
to make the legislation changes that will allow local governments to
use hazing as a tool. And they need to put resources behind it as
well. Urban deer problems are not an issue unique to our part of the
province. We need to become more sophisticated in our management.
"I support local municipal councils in their request of
government to make this legislative change. And I've indicated
to the communities of Invermere, Kimberley and Cranbrook that I will
use my position as Opposition critic for Forests, Lands and Natural
Resource Operations to push the minister on this issue."