Urban deer funding offered

As complaints of urban deer continue to climb in Penticton, the city may be able to receive some funding from the province for a solution.

The provincial government on Wednesday announced that $100,000 will be provided to community projects for managing urban deer.

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said council will follow up with staff on whether or not to apply for the funds.

"It’s been an issue. We’ve investigated some programs in the past, and our experience has been frustrated and frustrating," Jakubeit said.

In the first six months of this year, the B.C. Conservation Service responded to 128 complaints of urban deer in Penticton.

The winter season often sees more complaints of mule deer, who are drawn closer to the valley due to snow at higher elevations.

Local governments and First Nations will be able to apply for the money before Nov. 17.


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