Court injunction stops Invermere’s deer cull
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.
“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.