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Court injunction stops Invermere’s deer cull

Posted on 13. Feb, 2012 by in Invermere |  

Invermere was set to start their deer cull in the next few days but a court injunction has stopped all work, reports Steve Jessel for the Invermere Valley Echo.

The injunction was served “at the last minute,” says mayor Gerry Taft. The group behind the injunction, the Invermere Deer Protection Organization, alleges the city’s decision to move ahead with the cull was made without proper public consultation.

Photo source: glaciernps, Flickr, Creative Commons.

“Many (members of the organization) are emotionally distraught over the idea of deer being slaughtered in our backyards—the city will not release the locations of the traps so we don’t know if they are going to be placed in our neighbours’ yards, and that doesn’t sit well with a lot of people in the town [,says organization president Devin Kazakoff]. They don’t sleep, they don’t eat—myself included, it’s taken a toll emotionally on me beyond belief. However, I want to make it clear that our case isn’t based on emotions.”

Source: Invermere Valley Echo

The injunction delays the cull until Friday, Feb. 24. A court hearing on the 20th could change matters.

Read the mayor’s response at the Invermere Valley Echo.

The deer cull there has been a contentious one and you can read more here.

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One Response to “Court injunction stops Invermere’s deer cull”

  1. viirga 13 February 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    We have to ask what is going on in municipalities when small groups of people claim standing on behalf of that community.

    “In law, standing or locus standi is the term for the ability of a party to demonstrate to the court sufficient connection to and harm from the law or action challenged to support that party’s participation in the case.” Wikipedia

    A real concern exists where said small group of people obtain standing by removing the same from the rest of the community. A Mayor or Regional Director has standing, it has been assigned by their community.

    Judge or local Council, in granting group standing, should also direct groups to complete their own community consultation to confirm that standing.


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