A Thunder Bay man says poachers are killing deer on Mission Island and believes the herd is in trouble as a result.
Robert McCallum said just three years ago, he fed up to 80 deer daily at his home on Mission Island.
The man known as Thunder Bay’s “Deer Whisperer” said he continues to feed the animals, despite a city ban on the activity. But McCallum said the number of deer coming to eat in his backyard has plummeted.
“Two years ago there were 17 big bucks, and I'd say 65 deer,” he said.
“Last year, there were only three big bucks and maybe 40 deer. This year there is one big buck, and maybe 25 deer. That is it.”
McCallum said cold weather last winter may have been a factor, but he believes the real problem is poaching.
“I have found [deer with\ arrows in them … The year before, I found five or six [deer\ with arrows in them.”
McCallum said he often sees vehicles parked near his home at night with their lights off. More....