09/21/2011 06:00 EDT | Updated 11/21/2011 05:12 EST

Okanagan city considers plan to shoot deer, give meat to food banks

PENTICTON, B.C. - Deer wandering into the city limits of Penticton, B.C., could find themselves in the crosshairs of a hunter's rifle before they end up on the dinner tables of food bank clients.

The city is looking at changing bylaws so hunters can shoot deer within city limits as part of a plan to control the local deer population.

Coun. Mike Pearce says there are between 80 to 100 deer in the Penticton area.

He says safety issues will be addressed if the deer-shooting plan goes ahead and people will also be given tips on how to deer proof their property.

Pearce says the plan could include donating deer meat to local food banks. (CKOR)