Urban deer hunt concerns Thunder Bay resident

A Thunder Bay resident asked city council on Monday to stop the urban deer hunt in her Mapleward Road neighbourhood.

A Thunder Bay resident addressed city council on Monday night, asking for a halt to the urban deer hunt in her neighbourhood. 

Donna Gresko is concerned that injured deer may wander into her yard in the Mapleward Road area, noting that one of her neighbours plans to participate in the bow hunt in the fall.

Coun. Trevor Giertuga said he wanted to know if the hunt has actually achieved its objective to reduce urban deer numbers.

"There's got to be information,” said Giertuga. “And if there isn't then we have to build into that bylaw a mechanism to get this information that we need."

City staff said they don't have the answers yet, but will report back with information on the hunt in early 2015.

That concerned Coun.Andrew Foulds.

"One of the premises [of agreeing to the hunt] is we were supposed to get a report back to us on how effective it is," he said. "And what I just heard is we don't have the statistics to see if the decision we made is actually working." 

The urban deer hunt starts September 1 in Thunder Bay.

Council decisions Monday

  • City councillors in Thunder Bay approved a land sale at Innova Park.   The piece of property on Central Avenue sold for $237,000 to Syncore Contracting. 
  • Council approved tax-free status for a new residence at Confederation College.

  • Council voted in favour of a resolution that calls for a national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Woman.



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