The following is the text from the response we received to our letter to the Minister regarding the management of overabundant deer on Mayne Island.
Dec 06 2021
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Malcolm Inglis, President
Mayne Island Conservancy Society
PO Box 31
Mayne Island, British Columbia
Dear Malcolm Inglis:
Thank you for your letter received October 18, 2021, to Honourable Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, regarding the loss of ecosystem integrity and resilience on Mayne Island due to overabundant deer populations. I have been asked to respond.
As you know, a fallow deer game farm was authorized by Ministry of Agriculture in the 1990s. Once the farm ceased operation in the late 90s, the fallow deer became feral across Mayne Island and their population significantly expanded free from predation and extensive hunting.
Recognizing the ecological damage, agriculture conflicts, vehicle collisions, and competition with native black-tailed deer, opportunities to kill fallow deer were liberalized in 2018 by introducing a General Open Season for fallow deer on Mayne Island with No Closed Season and No Bag Limit.
The Province of British Columbia has also financially supported the Capital Regional District
in its collaborative efforts with local First Nations to cull fallow deer on Mayne Island over the last three years through the Provincial Urban Deer Advisory Committee. The ministry Wildlife Team in the region continues to seek funds through internal sources and through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to pursue a formal process with First Nations, stakeholders, and governing agencies to understand the varied perspectives and
values regarding fallow deer on Mayne Island. This process would inform next steps for management actions such as those called for by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society.
To date no major funding has been provided to further these management actions. However, we will continue to pursue the funding opportunities as they arise.
Again, thank you for writing to share your concerns.
Regional Executive Director
West Coast Natural Resource Region
Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
Honourable Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations
and Rural Development
Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Adam Olsen, MLA, Saanich North and the Islands
Peter Luckham, Chair, Islands Trust Council
Jeanine Dodds, Mayne Island Trustee
David Maude, Mayne Island Trustee
David Howe, Director, Southern Gulf Island Electoral Area
Here is the Ministry’s response in its original PDF form: