Proper fencing key to keeping deer and other animals out of Okanagan orchards

By on February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

Orchardists in the Okanagan Valley have a long history of complaining about deer in their orchards.

A report published in December of 1984 prepared with support from Agriculture Canada and the British Columbia Fruit Growers Association concluded damage to orchards in the Okanagan Valley by deer and elk is largely a result of the diminishing quality and quantity of winter range.

Unfortunately the loss of winter range to the development of subdivisions and the expansion of orchards and vineyards since 1984 has seriously compromised wildlife populations.

There is a long list of wildlife species in the Okanagan Valley that have literally lost every fight for survival.

Mule deer across British Columbia have experienced a dramatic decline in population provincewide which begs the question, why have fruit growers and vineyards not fenced their property?

Fencing? I know the game well and I travel Hwy. 3 between Grand Forks and Christina Lake on a regular basis and you will pass a wildlife fence on the north side of the highway that stretches for more than 100 kilometres.

The fence was built by a small team of hunters to honour a commitment to keep transplanted California Bighorn sheep off Highway 3.

Barry Brandow Sr.

Grand Forks, B.C.


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