Despite calls from safety advocates, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources says they’re likely not going to take any extra measures to control the province’s deer population after a fatal crash.
Thirty-one year old Roy Khabbaz was killed south of Kemptville on Wednesday as he drove to Christmas dinner with his fiancé.
The crash was caused when a car in the oncoming lane hit a deer, which was flung into the windshield of Khabbaz’s Honda Civic.
Emile Therien is the past president of the Canada Safety Council and said the crash has led to his call for a cull of the deer population.
“I think there's far too many deer,” he said Monday.
“People would argue that their numbers are down, but I think they're not down enough and we've got to work on that.”
Two local reports of fatal deer collisions in 20 years
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources said a cull has been tried in the past, but they’re not concerned about the province’s deer population.
“There have been occasions in the past when we've issued extra deer seals, so hunters could take more deer,” said Jolanta Kowalski.
“But overall the population of whitetail deer in Ontario is around 400,000 and it's generally considered stable.”
Kowalski said a cold, snowy winter will make it difficult for deer to move around and increase their energy levels, which makes them more vulnerable to predators and can in turn affect their numbers.
For context, CBC News found only two reports of fatal collisions involving deer over the last 20 years in the Ottawa area.
Newfoundland and Labrador, for instance, has about half the population of Ottawa but averages around three fatal moose-vehicle collisions a year.
Their provincial government has responded to a class-action lawsuit with a pilot project to install fences and infrared moose detectors at a cost of $1 million for every three kilometres of road.