Woman reports neighbor to BC Conservation Officer Service after spotting him shooting at deer near his yard with a pellet gun – Kelowna News

If you want to keep deer off your property, shooting at them is probably not the best way to do it.

A woman recently posted pictures of her neighbor on the Glenmore (Kelowna) Community Group Facebook page after she said she saw him shooting at deer grazing near his property.

Jo Jo told Castanet that the neighbor is relatively new to the community and she’s noted that he is particularly zealous in his efforts to keep deer out of his yard.

“He’s got the spiked fence and he’s got wires around his yard, he had noise-makers. He does do stuff, but this was like, whoa, the final straw,” she explained.

She was looking through her window at the deer on the vacant lot next door when she noticed one of them not putting its leg down.

“As I tried to look at him closer I realized that my neighbor had the gun shooting at him. So I started banging, pounding on the window and shouting ‘no stop!’ because he was actually shooting towards my house.”

She didn’t know at the time what kind of weapon the man was using, although he later claimed it was a pellet gun.

Jo Jo called the BC Conservation Officer Service as well as the RCMP to report what had happened, but because it was a long weekend, she didn’t hear back for a couple of days.

She felt the CO service didn’t take it very seriously, although they did say they would stop by to have a chat with her neighbor.

She also contacted the City of Kelowna bylaw department about the man’s spiked fencing. Unfortunately, because the fence was built in 2019, it predates the bylaw amendment banning spikes.

So, what should you do if you want to deter deer from wandering onto your property and eating your trees, shrubs and other plants?

According to WildSafeBC, you can deter deer from your property by chasing them away and using motion-activated lights and/or lighters, but not intentionally injure a deer in the process as it is illegal sprinkler. That includes shooting them with a pellet gun.

WildSafeBC also recommends other measures like erecting exclusion fencing that won’t injure wildlife, such chain link, or page-wire fencing that is at least 2.5 m high on level ground. Chicken wire can also be wrapped around trees to prevent deer from rubbing.

There is a list available of ‘deer-resistant’ plants, but it should be noted that deer will eat just about anything if they’re hungry enough.

Jo Jo adds that living in Glenmore means learning to live with wildlife. “We have deer, we have bear, we’ve had coyotes, we’ve had raccoons. We have everything here. If he doesn’t like it, too bad.”

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