Posted: January 13, 2016, e-KNOW.ca
The BC Deer Protection Society (BCDPS) Jan. 8
filed a complaint to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural
Resource Operations about incidents involving fawns in clover traps.
“In mid-December 2015, Cranbrook began to cull deer without
notification to area residents. The only public notification came
from the BC Deer Protection Society and Animal Alliance of Canada in
an ad that ran in the Cranbrook Townsman prior to the start of the
cull,” the BCDPS stated in a January 12 press release.
“The incidents show the cruelty of the cull, captured through
photographs and video footage. Two incidents in particular reveal
violations of the terms of the cull permit issued by the minister.
for one incident shows a fawn captured in a trap (unedited video
documents the fawn pacing for over two hours). The cull contactors
arrive, collapsing the trap on the animal and applying the bolt gun.
The cull contractors stand and the fawn moves. They apply the bolt
gun a second time. The fawn moves again as the contractors try to
erect the trap. They drop it and observe the fawn. One contractor
starts to reach for the bolt gun but stops. They proceed again to
erect the trap and drag the fawn away by the hind leg. In both cases
the fawn is seen moving,” the BCDPS described.
“The cull contractor returns immediately leaving the fawn still
alive and unattended. A total of six minutes passed between the
arrival of the contractors and the removal of the deer (bcdeer.org).
Photographs from a second incident show two fawns entangled in a trap
that has collapsed on them (pictured above). They remain entangled
and compressed for at least two hours prior to the arrival of the
cull contractors. It is not known at this time whether the fawns’
struggle was so violent as to dislodge the mechanism holding the trap
upright or whether the mechanism was faulty.
“Regardless, no one checked the trap during that two-hour period
to end the suffering of these two animals. (bcdeer.org) In the letter
to the minister, we urge him in the strongest possible terms to end
the cull, conduct a full investigation of the violations of the
permit and lay charges where appropriate. In addition, we ask that
the permit for the current contractor be revoked until the
investigation is complete,” the BCDPS release concluded.
E-KNOW this morning contacted the City of Cranbrook for
comment on the contents of the press release.
“Mayor (Lee) Pratt has indicated he doesn’t want to get into a
debate through the media with Liz White or the Animal Alliance,”
noted city Corporate Communications Officer Chris Zettel.
The BCDPS release is signed by Devin Kazakoff Liz White, Barry
MacKay and Sherry Adams.