Deer Killed In Clover Trap Undercover footage shows the cruelty of Cranbrook’s secret deer cull

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2016 Letter to Minister re violations Cranbrook Deer Cull - Click to view Letter

Undercover footage shows the

cruelty of Cranbrook’s secret deer cull 

January 12, 2016:  In mid-December 2015, Cranbrook began to cull deer without notification to area residents.  The only public notification came from the BC Deer Protection Society and Animal Alliance of Canada in an ad that ran in the Cranbrook Townsman prior to the start of the cull.

On Friday, January 8, 2016, the BC Deer Protection Society lodged a formal complaint to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations about incidents involving fawns in Clover traps.  The incidents which show the cruelty of the cull, were captured through photographs and video footage.

Two incidents in particular reveal violations of the terms of the cull permit issued by the Minister.

Footage for one incident shows a fawn captured in a trap (unedited video documents the fawn pacing for over two hours).  The cull contactors arrive, collapsing the trap on the animal and applying the bolt gun.  The cull contractors stand and the fawn moves.  They apply the bolt gun a second time.  The fawn moves again as the contractors try to erect the trap.  They drop it and observe the fawn.   One contractor starts to reach for the bolt gun but stops.  They proceed again to erect the trap and drag the fawn away by the hind leg.  In both cases the fawn is seen moving.  The cull contractor returns immediately leaving the fawn still alive and unattended.  A total of six minutes passed between the arrival of the contractors and the removal of the deer.  (

Photographs from a second incident show two fawns entangled in a trap that has collapsed on them.  They remain entangled and compressed for at least two hours prior to the arrival of the cull contractors.  It is not known at this time whether the fawns’ struggle was so violent as to dislodge the mechanism holding the trap upright or whether the mechanism was faulty.  Regardless, no-one checked the trap during that two hour period to end the suffering of these two animals. (

In the letter to the Minister, we urge him in the strongest possible terms to end the cull, conduct a full investigation of the violations of the permit and lay charges where appropriate.  In addition, we ask that the permit for the current contractor be revoked until the investigation is complete.

Deer Killed In Clover Trap with Text - BC Deer Protection Society


Deer Killed In Clover Trap RAW- No Text or Voice Over MEDIA - BC Deer Protection Society 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016 The BC Deer Protection Society has obtained footage of the clover trap/bolt gun killing of a fawn in Cranbrook, BC on January 5, 2016.

The footage clearly shows that the young animal needed to be shot twice, as the first shot didn't kill it. After the killing the family of the fawn return to the scene to look for their lost family member.

Staff at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, as well as mayors and councilors in the Capital Regional District, claim that the clover trap/bolt gun killing is humane. In December of 2014 DeerSafe asked to observe the cull that was conducted in Oak Bay last winter, and invited councilors to attend as well. We were not responded to. Now we give the Mayor and council the opportunity to watch and comment on this video.

Not including the deer killed during the current secretive cull by Cranbrook, 220 deer have been clover trap/bolt gunned in British Columbia. We believe that this kill was typical of the culling method, and not an anomaly.

The BC Deer Protection Society has sent a letter (attached) to Minister Thomson urging an end to the cull in Cranbrook and asking that the contractor be investigated due to several permit infractions, including an instance where two fawns laid pinned under a collapsed trap for two hours before the contractor arrived. (Photos attached). It is not known how the contractor was able to kill the two "humanely." When contacted by one of our Directors by phone, Ministry biologist for the Kootenay region, Irene Teske, said it was “not uncommon” for two deer to be caught in the traps at once.

Contact: Kelly Carson President, BC Deer Protection Society