It also states that the cull contractor "ensures that the wildlife are treated as humanely as possible during all phases of the product." I don't consider such treatment "humane" by any definition of the word.
A second video shows another fawn in another trap. But, looking closely, we see that it is not one fawn but two, and that the trap, which is supposed to be upright when an animal is in it, has collapsed, pressing down on the two fawns. They remain pressed down, helplessly entangled, for at least two hours, in the snow, until the cull contractors finally arrive and kill them.
We have often asked for data to be collected that allow the public to assess the humaneness of this culling. But, no such data are made public (if they are even collected). Deer are sensitive animals and the stresses of capturing and killing need to be better understood-not shrouded in secrecy.
In fact, no meeting was held until after the video was made public.
While I "get" that Mayor Pratt and the Cranbrook council don't want their constituents-whose taxes pay for all of this-to see what the videos show, our system must be open and inclusive. The citizens of Cranbrook, whether they hate or love deer, deserve better.