Solution needed for deer populating town streets, yards: council

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO – An ongoing issue, which may be partially resolved with fines, yet again came before Truro town council on Monday.

Councillors discussed possible ways to “relocate” deer that are continually spotted throughout the town and on busy roads.

“I used to think it was a novelty idea” to look out in the yard and see deer on it, said Coun. Greg MacArthur. “Last month, I counted 17 on my front yard. It’s becoming quite serious (and) people are upset.”

While MacArthur reminded people not to feed deer, director of public works Andrew MacKinnon confirmed “we are getting a lot of complaints and people want advice on how to keep deer out” of their yards and gardens.

Coun. Tom Chisholm suggested enforcing the town’s feeding of wild birds and animals bylaw. According to the bylaw, feeding of deer could result in a fine of “not less than $50 and not more than $1,000 and to imprisonment of not more than 30 days in default of payment thereof."

“If we get a report of someone feeding deer we could give them a stern warning and then a fine if they continue to feed” them, Chisholm said.

Councillors agreed the Department of Natural Resources should be contacted for assistance.

“It’s an extreme safety issue for drivers … and with the increase of the deer population (means) an increase of deer ticks,” added Coun. Cheryl Fritz.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

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  • Wandy
    July 08, 2014 - 07:45

    They think it's cute having deer come right onto their back deck, etc.

  • Wandy
    July 08, 2014 - 07:38

    I have seen people have been openly admitting and bragging that they buy the food for the deer at Shur Gain. They have no intention of stopping either....

  • agloade
    July 08, 2014 - 07:26

    It's time for town council to rethink their ban on hunting deer within truro town limits. I'm not talking about downtown truro, but around the old Dump, Camden areas, the areas that fall within the province's hunting regulations. Maybe just using bows/crossbows, shotguns and muzzle loaders to possibly address safety concerns.

  • Wade Parker
    July 08, 2014 - 07:13

    Maybe its time we allow bow hunters in to thin out the herds. Along the salmon river and town water shed . The DNR could set up areas which could be identified as safe areas to hunt. Hunters could apply for a permit from them in these areas.

  • Wade Parker
    July 08, 2014 - 07:12

    Maybe its time we allow bow hunters in to thin out the herds. Along the salmon river and town water shed . The DNR could set up areas which could be identified as safe areas to hunt. Hunters could apply for a permit from them in these areas.

  • Kass
    July 07, 2014 - 19:10

    So Mr. Mike you have counted 17 deer on your front lawn ..... You have been lucky enough to be elected to make Truro a better Town ..and the best you can come up with is to blame your constitutes for feeding Deer and on top of that want to Fine them .. Get real ... Gees... Surely U can do better than that !! Pls. Do what U were Elected to Do .... You are better than that .....

  • Kass
    July 07, 2014 - 18:27

    Has council nothing more important to think about than a few people choose to feed ... You have been elected to keep Truro as it used to be ... Stores open .. And more importantly make the DownTown attractive to visitors and locals ...gees the Down town is dying and You are wasting time on locals feeding Deer . Do the job You Bunch were Elected to Do !!!