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Long awaited spiked fence bylaw is heading to Kelowna city council on May 4

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April 23, 2020 - 6:30 PM

A bylaw that many hope will reduce the number of deer and moose killed by high, spiked fences is heading to Kelowna city council on May 4.

The most recent example of such a tragedy happened when a moose died in early March after being injured on a fence.

Specifics on what’s in the bylaw won’t be released until city councillors have a chance to see it when their agenda package is posted on-line next week.

Action on the bylaw was well underway before the March incident. The call for a ban began more than a year ago after Conservation Officer Ken Owens insisted something be done after 10 deer were euthanized in less than three months last winter after injuring themselves on the tall spiked fences.

“It’s not what we want to be known for in Kelowna,” he said at the time. “It’s heartbreaking is what it is.”

Over the ensuing months, there were various delays at Kelowna city hall in getting a bylaw drafted.

Initially, the city was waiting for feedback from the provincial Ministry of Environment before being told the ministry had no interest in commenting on the proposal, Corey Davis, the city’s environmental co-ordinator, told iNFOnews.ca last June.

Then it got bogged down behind a rash of development applications.

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