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Animal rescue group offers to relocate Montreal-area deer and avoid slaughter

Last Updated Nov 23, 2020 at 3:08 pm EST

MONTREAL — An animal rescue organization is offering a Montreal-area city an alternative to slaughtering about 15 white-tailed deer living in a local park.

The organization, Animal Sauvetage Rescue, along with well-known Montreal lawyer Anne-France Goldwater, say they will relocate the animals to a sanctuary free of charge.

The city of Longeuil obtained a permit to cull roughly half the 30 white-tailed deer living in Michel-Chartrand Park; officials say the deer population is twice what the park can support. 

Longeuil’s plan has faced fierce opposition, and police have made arrests in connection with alleged threats against the mayor and local officials. 

Animal Sauvetage Rescue presented a plan today that would see the animals trapped, treated by a veterinarian and transported safely to a refuge without cost to taxpayers. 

Goldwater says she wants to urgently discuss the issue with Longueuil city officials before considering legal action. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

The Canadian Press