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Citizen survey: The City wants to hear from you on concerns related to deer in residential neighbourhoods

24-Oct-2018

COMPLETE SURVEY

Information collected may be used to assist in the development of a Nuisance Deer Management Assistance Program. The survey will remain open until Friday, November 9, 2018.

In response to a resolution of Common Council, the City is undertaking measures to assist with the management of deer population and Lyme disease in residential neighbourhoods such as Millidgeville and Milford.  Part of those measures include the launch of a Deer Management survey to determine residents’ views and concerns toward the urban deer population. The information collected in the survey may be used to assist in the development of a comprehensive nuisance deer management assistance program intended to control the deer population and reduce negative associations between residents and deer. Examples of negative associations include vehicle accidents, property damage, and increased risk of Lyme disease. The City has installed signage to caution motorists in high accident rate areas.

Once the survey closes, results will be reported to Common Council. A decision will then be made as to whether the City proceeds to the next steps to a) develop a by-law to prohibit the feeding of deer and b) send a request to the Minister of Energy and Resource Development to develop and implement the program. The program, as implemented in other communities, would allow landowners within certain neighbourhoods to receive a special permit authorizing bow hunters to kill one antlerless deer on their property. Similar programs and hunts have been developed for Rothesay, Quispamsis, St. Andrews, and Hampton as an efficient approach to address the issue while allowing public benefit of the resource. Suitability for the program will be determined by the Department of Energy and Resource Development, and will take into account lot size, safety concerns, and number of permits issued.

The survey will remain open for citizens to respond to until Friday, November 9, 2018. Once the survey results are compiled and, if they demonstrate an interest from the community to proceed (50% +1 of respondents in support of the program), representatives from the Department of Energy and Resource Development and City staff will host a public information session to collect further feedback and address any questions residents may have.

The Report to Council (section 12.6) provides further information behind the administration of the survey and other measures being undertaken by the City.

Click here for the FAQ document developed for active programs in neighbouring communities. A similar document will be available for Saint John if the program is implemented.

The City encourages all citizens to be responsible when interacting with wildlife. The public can help manage deer populations on their properties and in their neighbourhoods by:

•    not feeding deer, or any wild animal.
•    choosing appropriate vegetation for gardens and lawns that are not appealing to deer to eat.
•    considering fencing and other barrier options.

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