Ottawa Police Chief Vern White pulled no punches with his jabs aimed at the Ministry of Natural Resources, in what he describes as thier ‘hands off’ approach to urban wildlife issues.
It was announced Friday that a private wildlife officer would be hired to deal with all moose, deer, bear and other large mammal encounters around town.
Chief White says that’s fine, but what about the MNR?
“I’ve worked right across this country and I’ve never seen anywhere else where we have big game animals in the city and it becomes the city’s responsibility,” said White.
It will be interesting to see what, if any, response the Chief receives from MNR Minister Linda Jeffrey on this matter.
The identity of the new Wildlife Officer and his/her team has not yet been released, but word on the street is that an announcement is pending.