White’s digital camera has pictures of deer galore. Some, in front of his house carousing, and the gruesome ones. Pictures of deer attacked by dogs in Ogden, killed, some eaten, most does unable to protect their fawns.
“Some, we cannot legally prove that there is only one, dog owners have let their dogs loose in the wild and they are attacking and killing those deer. We have found seven already, there may be more.” Mr. White, the warden of the Tomifobia Valley Conservation Fish and Game Club, is used to deer being killed by a dog once in while, but not such a clearly defined number of deer killed within a couple of months. “It’s been going on since January. There is a lot of snow so deer are not as agile and it’s really in one part of Odgen.”
While both the SPA and Quebec’s Wildlife wardens are on the case, there is not much they can do unless they are presented with absolute proof that a dog is indeed responsible for killing wildlife. If they can prove it, then municipal bylaws and the Wildlife act can see the owner facing huge fines. Then there is the criminal code at section 445.1 that can lead to imprisonment and fines, in the case of an indictable offence, imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or an offence punishable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
“I know that most, if not all, dog owners when told that their dog, running in the wild, can kill a deer, act immediately, restraining their pet. They like animals, after all, if they have a pet and would never let them become killers. This is what is so disturbing with this year’s attacks.” Mr. White, who will soon be seventy but usually looks a lot younger, was truly moved showing the pictures of those deer in his camera. “They are not only killing them, they are also eating their flesh,” he said and the pictures on his camera proved it.
Game warden Victory White is alarmed at the number of deer being killed by dogs in Ogden.