Solution needed for deer populating town streets, yards: council

Monique Chiasson
Published on July 7, 2014
These deer were being fed by people in Pictou County last year. While people may be well meaning, the Department of Natural Resources advises against human intervention in wildlife patterns. SUBMITTED BY SHAVONNE MEYER

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.

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