September 2, 2015

Cranbrook, BC (September 2, 2015) – Residents of and visitors to the City of Cranbrook are reminded that intentional feeding of deer, contravenes the City’s Deer Feeding Prohibition Bylaw, which came into effect in October 2010.

The bylaw clearly states no one is to provide deer with food by intentionally leaving food, food waste or other attractive edible material for the sole purpose of feeding deer.   For example, leaving out a bale of hay, a bag of apples or other compostable food scraps on a residential lot or property where these items are not consistently being grown or produced for human consumption would be seen as an infraction to the bylaw.

Farm operations, home fruit and vegetable gardens intended for human consumption or ornamental plants and flowers will not be included as material intended for the sole purpose of feeding deer under the deer feeding bylaw. 

It is also very important to keep any fallen fruit from fruit trees you may have on your property cleaned up so not to encourage deer to stay in your yard, or attract any other unwanted wildlife - like bears.

Anyone found violating the Deer Feeding Prohibition Bylaw will be committing an offense and can be fined on an escalating fine schedule; $ 100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, $500 for the third.   Each day a violation occurs constitutes a new and separate offense.

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