Please overturn the decision on the Cranbrook Deer Cull
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Up to 30 mule deer will be culled in Cranbrook after the city announced its second round of urban deer population control.
A second cull of up to 30 mule deer will be carried out in Cranbrook, the city announced on Thursday.
Council made the decision "after much careful deliberation", reads the statement released by corporate communications officer Chris Zettel.
"Due to concerns around public safety raised both by the RCMP and council, the city will not at this time be providing any additional details surrounding the population reduction activities," reads the statement.
It refers to the population control as "reduction" in the urban deer population and says the measures will "focus on several key areas of the community, based on complaints received both by the city and by the Conservation Officer Service."
The city was granted a permit from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in late 2012, it continues.
However, it does not say when or where the cull will be carried out. Council and staff are not answering any questions about the statement nor speaking to the media.
We condemn the assertion that public safety is at risk if the city releases any details of the cull. We assert that this is simply being used as an excuse to conduct the entire operation under the cover of secrecy. Opponents of the cull have simply exercised their democratic right to be part of an open and transparent decision making process and this right was removed by council when it held secret meetings and heard from deputants of its own choice.
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