04/25/2012 10:51 EDT | Updated 06/25/2012 05:12 EDT

City slicker mule deer targeted as second cull approved in Cranbrook, B.C.

CRANBROOK, B.C. - A second deer cull has been approved in Cranbrook, B.C.

Councillors in the southeastern B.C. city have given the go-ahead for removal of up to 50 deer after a report showed an increase in habituated mule deer and elk within city limits.

In 2010, 111 deer were counted and a cull of 25 animals was approved, but the latest stats show 121 deer and 11 elk have moved into town.

A date for the second cull has not been set, but $15,000 has been budgeted for the work.

Kimberley, Invermere and Penticton approved similar culls after residents reported they had been chased and pets had been attacked by aggressive deer.

RCMP were called to investigate in Invermere last month after the contractor hired to corral and shoot the deer reported someone was releasing the animals from traps and opponents of the cull had confronted him and followed him in their cars. (CHBZ)