*Ed’s note: this story has been edited following it’s initial publication to address concerns over the context of comments made by Insp. Kevin Glenister which he believes mischaracterised the views of the Police Service on the issue of urban deer.
By Amanda McAlpine
Neither the Dryden Police Service nor the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is claiming responsibility to address an urban deer with an arrow in its back.
The doe lives near Open Roads School and is unable to care for her three fawns because of her injury. Residents are worried she may act erratically because of her limited mobility and are concerned for the public’s safety.
“The deer is scared and hurt,” said neighbourhood resident, Bev Robinson. “It could become frantic and someone could get injured. No one is able to get close enough to it to help.”
One resident expressed the deer kicked a dog before it was shot. Her concern is the deer may be even more aggressive with an arrow in its spine. Calls to the police were directed to the MNR and vice versa.
Dryden Police Inspector Kevin Glenister says the local police service are is a difficult position when it comes to addressing issues involving deer. Officers’ options are limited to destroying animals who are suffering, or that pose a threat to public safety.
“That isn’t always what people want,” said Glenister.
He adds that local law enforcement lacks the training and the resources to perform operations like tranquilizing and relocating animals.
The MNR says live capture in a residential setting can be risky for both the animals and nearby residents and not always result in a positive outcome, for which reasons they avoid it.
“We do not take action in this type of situation,” said MNR regional communications specialist, Michelle Nowak. “Deer are extremely high strung and tranquilizing deer is risky, especially in an urban setting, as the deer could dart away and injure someone.”
Nowak added cooperation continues between the MNR, the police and the City of Dryden to determine solutions to problem deer in urban areas. Both Thunder Bay and Kenora stage controlled deer hunts to reduce the urban deer population.