The southern Okanagan city is taking the creatures out of the crosshairs until at least January while newly elected councillors reconsider a planned cull.
A strategy to trap and hunt deer was approved by the previous council in September but the new council will wait for a review of culls in other B.C. communities before proceeding.
Mayor Dan Ashton says the delay is not a bid to avoid dealing with habituated deer that damage gardens and can be aggressive toward pets and people.
But he says council would like to take a different direction than its predecessor.
Councillors will be watching the outcome of a cull underway in Cranbrook, where deer are being trapped and euthanized, rather than hunted within city limits, as proposed in Penticton. (CHBC)