Canada Deer News

... A deadly winter for deer in southern New Brunswick will likely see the number of deer killed in the fall hunt reduced by up to 20 per cent, says the province's deer biologist... not quite as severe as 2008 ...

Invermere deer cull on hold, Victoria group proposes new method April 24, 2015 British Columbia, Columbia Valley Pioneer
... “Our stance has always been there is no problem with deer in Invermere, but we have no issue with immuno-contraception as long as there is a qualified biologist such as Rick Page (the chief scientist working on the Oak Bay Deer Plan) determining that there is in fact too many deer here,”  ... Invermere Deer Protection Society (IDPS) president Devin Kazakoff ...

Oak Bay, Editorial: Sterilizing deer is worth trying April 21, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Sterilizing seems an attractive solution — no deer killed, reproduction is curtailed. SpayVac has proven to be effective in preventing pregnancies for up to six years, and only one shot is necessary... The vaccine is experimental — it will have to be manufactured to order, after the proper permits are obtained from Health Canada and the province...
     (Reply to Editorial) Deer-sterilizing plan sounds like a win-win April 24, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... After some research about the contraceptive type proposed, statistics have proven that a doe will remain sterile for basically as long as she lives... This project will be privately funded, leaving Oak Bay taxpayers without the high cost, both financially and emotionally, of a brutal cull...

Baby Deer Don't Need Your Help April 19, 2015 British Columbia, kelownanow.com
... newborn deer, elk or even moose might look like they’ve been abandoned, there’s a good chance their mother has only left them temporarily and will return...

Cranbrook, Urban deer coordinator program returns this year April 17, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... Council approved funding of $2,500 in the 2015 budget ... focus of the education program, similar to 2014, will be on urban deer/human conflict management and mitigation along with a comprehensive public education campaign ...

...  “In one area we had fencing and we didn’t allow deer and rabbits to get in and eat the things in the field, the other treatment was to keep an eye on what was happening and if we saw insects coming in and feeding we would spray them and kill them and the last area was untouched.” ... concluded that plant communities are really only one component of more complex systems, and that animals of all sorts must play a role in this holistic “ecosystem succession.” ...

Okotoks, Residents' opinions sought on deer April 16, 2015 Alberta, westernwheel.com
... council heard a presentation from veterinarian and wildlife management expert Dr. Judith Samson-French, in response to a number of complaints that had come in about the deer in town.  Michailuck said before they even consider moving into deer reduction strategies, Samson-French recommended gauging the community's tolerance level for the animals first...

Oak Bay, B.C. municipality turns to birth control to reduce deer herds April 16, 2015 British Columbia, The Star 
... Biologist Rick Page ...  said injecting female deer with an experimental animal birth control vaccine would be much more humane than the current plan of trapping and killing them...

Low-density spruce plantations increase foraging by moose in a northeastern temperate forest  M Leblond, C Dussault, MH St-Laurent - Forest Ecology and Management, 2015
... Moose used low-density plantations significantly more than standard plantations for browsing, and these stands supported higher stem densities and vertical cover than standard high-density plantations on average. Low-density plantations offered good foraging opportunities for moose by allowing a large variety of palatable deciduous species to grow between planted coniferous stems. However, we found high inter-site variability in environmental characteristics following plantation, even among equivalent treatments... We recommend the use of unthinned low-density plantations in northern temperate regions where the management objective is to maintain high moose hunting success...

Maritime deer population struggling as snowpack lingers April 15, 2015 Nova Scotia, Yahoo News Canada
... In Nova Scotia, the concern has shifted from the weather to the stress placed on the deer population due to the snow cover. More deer are being hit by cars this winter and there are even anecdotal reports about deer aborting their unborn fawns because of their inability to find food...

...  a newly formed group called the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society is advocating a non-lethal approach to keeping down the deer population.  The society's goal is to capture 25 to 50 deer in Oak Bay and administer what is called an immunocontraceptive ... the group needs a federal certificate from Health Canada which Page says can be a lengthy process ...

Victoria, Focus of deer cull protest shifts to CRD April 14, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... Carson said most municipalities have not demonstrated serious deer/human conflict mitigation efforts – required by the province before a cull can take place – such as public education, a public survey, signage and lowering speed limits in known wildlife crossing areas...

Context-dependent effects on spatial variation in deer-vehicle collisions AP Clevenger, M Barrueto, KE Gunson, FM Caryl… - Ecosphere, 2015
... Distance to water was an important predictor of WVCs in three of the five study areas, while other variables had modest importance in only two of the five study areas. Thus, lack of generality in factors predicting WVCs may have less to do with methodological or taxonomic differences among study areas than the large-scale, biophysical context within which the data were collected ...

Port Hope family works tirelessly to rescue fawn from Lake Ontario April 13, 2015 Ontario, insidebelleville.com
... “When we saw the splash and people around it we knew it was in trouble because there’s no way out of there,” ... Mike Whyte ventured into the water to put a rope around the fawn and bring it back to shore ...

... context is provided for the present-day situation: connections between historical and modern herds are drawn, population and migration changes are highlighted, and the impact of hunting pressures, climatic variation, habitat changes, and food availability on caribou populations are contemplated. Caribou have long been central to the seasonal economy in northern Manitoba, and the use of these animals reflects their abundance and value...

Port Hope police witness rescue of deer from Lake Ontario April 9, 2015 Ontario, Northumberland News
...  a doe and a fawn had been chased by a off-leash dog ... When Mr. Besenyei saw that the deer was off shore and in distress, he went into the water to help ... The fawn was never located ...

Anti-deer cull rally planned in Victoria Saturday April 9, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... DeerSafe Victoria, which strongly opposed Oak Bay’s recent deer cull, is organizing a rally Saturday at Centennial Square to protest further culls...

Support for urban deer solutions March 31, 2015 British Columbia, Pentiction Western News
... “There is no consensus on how to handle this. Some people are sympathetic to the deer and others just want them gone,” Newell said. “I think they (UBCM) were looking at more of an educational role rather then straight-out enforcement. A deer cull is not going to be a popular decision.” ...

Responsible mule deer management today demands Limited Entry Hunting March 26, 2015 British Columbia, The Boundary Sentinel
...The BC Liberal Government’s wildlife agenda has increased resident hunting license sales from 85,000 a few years ago to 102,000 in 2014 but liberalized hunting seasons and a lack of access management championed by the BC Wildlife Federation has resulted in a collapse of most ungulate populations hunted with an Open General season...

Albino deer in Fort St. John delights local residents March 25, 2015 British Columbia, CBC
... A rare albino deer spotted in Fort St. John is delighting residents in northern B.C. after it was seen around town.  "Everyone's super excited," says resident Sheri Ashdown...

Fraser Valley residents raise concerns over 'stranded' deer March 24, 2015 British Columbia, Globalnews.ca
... a number of people have called them about a deer that appears to be stuck at the bottom of Cascade Falls, near Mission.  The animal does not appear to be hurt ...

Simple fencing keeps out deer and rabbits March 22, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... Using three-metre lengths of rebar, we threaded the rebar through 30-metre lengths of two-metre-high deer fencing, then pounded a metre of the rebar into the ground every two or three metres around the perimeter of our property. We have not had one deer enter our property since erecting this deterrent...

No solutions on the horizon to urban deer management issues March 20, 2015 British Columbia, InfoTel News Ltd
... “There’s going to have to be bylaws and other actions that are within the authority of local government right now to try and discourage deer from coming into the community. So before we try to chase them out or trap and hold, there’s going to be activities that take place to try and mitigate that in the first place,” ...

Nanaimo mayor talks sense about deer cull March 19, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... keynote in his comments was that if Nanaimo were to ever have a cull, the process would be thoroughly researched with the aid of groups such as DeerSafe and the B.C. SPCA...

Oak Bay, Deer cull in Oak Bay reflects badly on mayor March 18, 2015 British Columbia, Black Press 
... with the alleged overpopulation of deer in Oak Bay, just what will 11 tragic deaths prove? Nothing at all. This was a waste of time, money ...

Oak Bay, Deer cull a pointless waste of money and life March 15, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... No scientific deer count has ever taken place, despite the expertise sitting nearby at the University of Victoria... Oak Bay residents were never surveyed about their opinions on urban-deer management, even though a 2010 report commissioned by the B.C. government strongly recommends this be done...

Nanaimo, No plans for Nanaimo to follow Oak Bay with cull to control deer March 12, 2015 British Columbia, nanaimodailynews.com 
... Neither Mayor Bill McKay, nor Leon Davis, Nanaimo SPCA shelter manager, see a cull as something needed for Nanaimo, following the trial.  McKay questioned the benefits of a cull that cost the Capital Regional District $150,000 ... "all that pain, for only 11" deer...

Cranbrook, Urban deer problem a regional issue March 10, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... Like Cranbrook, Invermere recently chipped in some money for a regional study that will gather scientific data on the translocation of urban deer... "It's worth studying and looking at, but we do have some concerns about whether relocation is going to prove to be scientifically valid ...

Oak Bay, ‘Nothing learned’ from Oak Bay deer cull: B.C. SPCA March 10, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Seven bucks and four does were trapped then killed with a bolt gun. [Population control routinely focuses on does] ... Oak Bay’s cull of 11 deer has proven nothing, says B.C. SPCA chief scientific officer Sara Dubois.... She said that while overpopulation and deer-vehicle collisions were cited as reasons for the cull, the project targeted neither females nor deer near roads...

Biologists watching moose, deer numbers after harsh winter March 10, 2015 New Brunswick, CBC
... Joe Kennedy, a biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, said ... deer mortality rate last winter was close to 20 per cent... The average mortality rate over the last two decades was 12 per cent...

The seasonal effects on mule deer habitat from large and small scale logging operations [PDF] B Fukomoto - 2014 British Columbia
... Food availability levels are high in large scale logging blocks during harvest and
the following few decades in the future. Debris such as branches and foliage left over
from harvested trees provides mule deer with ample amounts of foliage to graze on that
otherwise would be out of reach... Large scale logging has a large short term impact on mule deer shelter as both understory and canopy cover is completely removed from their habitat. In the following few years before tree species reach green up stages (1.3m or 5 years), mule deer cannot use these harvested blocks as areas of refuge. ...

Oak Bay, Silence surrounds Oak Bay deer cull March 7, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
...  “It’s alarming to know that the contractor is out there at night with CRD staff, avoiding citizens like common criminals, in order to put a bolt gun through the heads of trapped deer.” - Kelly Carson ... Cranbrook’s urban deer cull stopped suddenly early Friday after four traps on private property were vandalized Thursday night and rendered useless ...

Deer rescued from deep snow in Pointe-Verte March 4, 2015 Nova Scotia, CBC.ca
...  group of people in Pointe-Verte, N.B., risked danger on Wednesday to rescue a deer that got stuck in deep snow on the beach.  The villagers say they didn't hesitate, but wish the Department of Natural Resources had taken action to avoid the deer getting trapped... [see video below]


... Lorraine Dick saw the deer around town, and mobilized her neighbours on Facebook.  "She was agitated. She was scared. It was pathetic," ... 

Deer browsing around the woods. Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia - March 1, 2015



Cranbrook, When Cranbrook's urban deer problem wasn't February 26, 2015 British Columbia, dailytownsman.com
... An urban deer sighting is mentioned in the January 1909 Herald when a played-out deer ran past the St. Eugene Hospital, then crossed Cranbrook Street close to the school before heading back into the bush. Other deer made the headlines in 1928 when two came through Slaterville and headed down Baker Street ...

Deer translocation not an option for now, says City February 25, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... The City of Cranbrook has been involved along with the District of Elkford ... a proposed East Kootenay Urban Mule Deer Translocation Trial...The ultimate goal is to see what urban deer survivorship and movements are like post-translocation from an urban setting...

Atikokan resident charged for feeding deer February 25, 2015 Ontario, CBC 
...  believed to be the first in the region charged for feeding deer.  Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora, Fort Frances and Atikokan all have bylaws that make it illegal to feed wild animals...

Canadian woman has the answer to tick infestations in wild moose February 22, 2015 British Columbia, Digital Journal
... Tick infestations in wild moose are so bad that the animals will rub the hair off their bodies try to get relief .... the powders work quite well ... she came up with the idea of putting the powder inside a paintball, in place of the paint, and shooting the powder paintball directly at the spot on the moose where the tick infestation was located...

Compositional and functional trajectories of herbaceous communities after deer density control in clearcut boreal forests  M Bachand, S Pellerin, JP Tremblay, S Cote, M Poulin - Canadian Journal of Forest …, 2015
...  a reduced density of 7.5 deer • km2 was sufficient to induce significant changes in functional trait assemblages of regenerating stands. For instance, reduced deer densities favored plants with brightly colored flowers and compound inflorescences pollinated by animals and producing large seeds and fleshy fruits dispersed by animals...

SPCA firm on opposition to Oak Bay deer cull February 19, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Dr. Sara Dubois, the B.C. SPCA’s chief scientific officer ... “The SPCA does not believe the approach was based on an accurate deer count of a cross-municipal deer population [or] proper consultation with residents, or that conflict-reduction programs (such as speed reduction, reducing attractants or fining intentional feeders) were properly implemented prior to moving to a cull,” ..

Okotoks, Deer reduction strategies explored February 19, 2015 Alberta, westernwheel.com
... Bragg Creek veterinarian Dr. Judith Samson-French was invited into council chambers ... aid the first step is determining how many deer even live in Okotoks. Currently there are no statistical numbers on how many are in town, and how many would be an appropriate number to maintain. This can be achieved by doing a count and tracking the population ...

Fence pitched to prevent deer deaths along South Fraser Perimeter Road February 18, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun
... spent about $700,000 on new wildlife fencing designed to keep deer off Highway 17, the new South Fraser Perimeter Road ... At last count, at least 71 black-tailed deer have been killed on the highway... the province’s first major transportation route in B.C. to incorporate wildlife collision prevention ...

Oak Bay, Children can’t fathom reasons for killing deer February 15, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
.. my husband and I attended a council meeting at Oak Bay where half a dozen people spoke against the deer cull... Despite the excellent points made by the speakers, it seemed the mayor was not interested...

Oak Bay takes province to task over deer control February 13, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... Oak Bay resident speakers also called for a halt to the cull, including Kristy Kilpatrick who reiterated concerns over lack of signage, public education and a survey of the community... Coun. Michelle Kirby made the motion that asserts the resources, authority and responsibility to manage ungulate populations lies with the province...

Cranbrook, Council authorizes 50 deer cull February 12, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... Coun. Ron Popoff noted part of staff reasoning for the recommendation to hold off on the cull is, firstly, the lack of availability of the clover traps that are needed to trap the deer. They are currently being utilized by Invermere for a cull... The city's permit expires March 15, 2015...

Kenora, City goes over survey data on 2014 urban deer hunt February 11, 2015 British Columbia, Kenora Daily Miner and New
... Seven survey responses were returned with hunters reporting a total of 12 antler and antlerless deer harvested... Mayor Dave Canfield noted as only seven of the 17 hunters who picked up packages completed the survey, the city is not getting all the feedback ...

... The fatal nervous system disease that affects elk, moose and deer was discovered on a farm at an undisclosed location in Alberta early in the year and subsequent testing in mid-January confirmed it ...

BC Government Revises Hunting Allocations After Backlash February 6, 2015 Canada, kelownanow.com 
...  Instead of transferring 110 animals from resident hunters to guide outfitters compared to 2014, the revised policy transfers about 60 animals... 

Oak Bay, B.C. fires back at SPCA over controversial Oak Bay deer cull February 3, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun
... The SPCA wants Oak Bay’s cull contractor to have a confidential meeting with an SPCA special constable to review trapping methods, killing techniques and footage from the remote game camera that records deer movement... The SPCA has not seen the cull permit ...

Chronic wasting disease identified in Hand Hills mule deer  February 1, 2015 Alberta, drumhellermail.com
...  The province has identified a mule deer caught in the Hand hills with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the first deer in the area to be confirmed with the disease... origins of the disease were traced to a U.S. government research facility in Colorado in 1967, and were sheep scrapies, a fatal, degenerative disease that affects the nervous systmes of sheep and goats, transferred to deer and mutated...

Conservation authorities seek information on illegally killed deer on Bowen Island February 1, 2015 British Columbia, Bowen Island Undercurrent
... On or about Dec. 15, 2014 a deer was unlawfully killed and left to rot near ‘Mike’s Lorg trail’ off of Adams Road. The Conservation Officer investigated and determined the deer was killed with a cross bow which is a prohibited weapon ... 24hr reporting line at 1-877-952-7277.

Hundreds Protest for BC Residents' Hunting Rights in West Kelowna January 31, 2015 British Columbia, kelownanow.com
... The protest was against the recently announced changes to Wildlife Allocations, which gives a larger percentage of harvestable wildlife than before to hunters outside of B.C. The updated policy, which was announced in December 2014, now gives 20 to 40 per cent of harvestable wildlife to non-resident hunters, decreasing the amount allocated to B.C. hunters...

Oak Bay gets permit for cull of 25 deer January 29, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... “We’re not disclosing when it’s going to begin or where it’s going to begin,” said [Mayor] Jensen, adding that receipt of the permit from the province is “just another step in the process.” ... “If this was a perfectly legitimate undertaking, they wouldn’t be sneaking around in the dark and trying to keep people out of it,” [Kelly Carson, of DeerSafe Victoria] ...

Oak Bay, Oak Bay deer cull is pointless and cruel January 28, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... How is distracting deer difficult? Plant herbs, chives or garlic to mask the sweet smell of deer favourites. One strand of fishing line around plantings or the yard is effective. Combine wind chimes, garden objects and lighting.  The deer were here long before any resident of Oak Bay arrived. Their natural habitat continues to diminish ...

Oak Bay, Community divided over Oak Bay’s planned blacktail deer cull January 256, 2015 British Columbia, Globe and Mail
... Wildlife biologist Rick Page said the science doesn’t support a cull. “We don’t know how many deer there are in Oak Bay – maybe 50, maybe 200. … Ecologically, the deer are not a threat.”  Mr. Page said the municipality should be launching a pilot project to compare non-lethal to lethal methods of control ...

Oak Bay, A voice from wilderness defends Oak Bay’s deer January 24, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
...  The knock on opponents of Oak Bay’s urban-deer cull is that they themselves are urban animals — latté-sucking city dwellers with a Disneyfied view of nature ... being raised amid more animals than people profoundly influenced DeerSafe founder Kelly Carson’s outlook... 

Radium, Village of Radium weighs urban deer management options January 23, 2015 British Columbia, Columbia Valley Pioneer
... While deer’s hunger for aesthetic plant life and the waste they excrete are inconvenient, said Mr. Read, the issue has been raised in Radium primarily as a public safety concern... the current position of B.C. ministry biologists — albeit a fluid one — is that relocation of deer is cruel and inhumane. [see updates on relocation at lower right on this page on non-lethal options]

Oak Bay, Mayor says deer cull only option available January 20, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... Saanich biologist Rick Page has worked with Mark Fraker, a biologist and president of SpayVac for Wildlife Inc. and TerraMar Environmental Research based in Sidney. SpayVac is considered experimental as it has not been widely used. However, Fraker has used it in the United States and locally, at CFB Esquimalt and Maple Ridge, with positive results, according to Page.  “This is an opportunity for Oak Bay to do an incredible pilot project that I think people would buy into and support,” Kilpatrick said ...

Oak Bay, 25 deer in Oak Bay is just the starting point January 20, 2015 Canada, Times Colonist
... From what I understand, the permit request was for as many as 50 deer, and according to the provincial veterinarian, the cull will be ongoing. The number 25 is just a starting point.. 

Oak Bay, To Cull or Not to Cull January, 2015 British Columbia, CBCVictoria
     Audio interview with the mayor of Oak Bay discussing upcoming cull.. says the Province will not allow a permit to relocate the deer saying most deer will die [see lower right of this page showing successful relocations]

Oak Bay, Wildlife activists to cast eyes on deer cull in Oak Bay January 18, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
 ... A mailout delivered to 5,600 Oak Bay and area households last week urges residents to notify DeerSafe Victoria if they see a deer trap. “What we want to prove is, this is not a humane kill,” said DeerSafe spokeswoman Kelly Carson, adding the group does not plan to interfere with the traps...

Arrow-pierced deer found, treated January 15, 2015 Ontario, MuskokaRegion.com
... A deer was living with a razor-sharp arrowhead lodged just below its spine until a local sanctuary intervened [photo at left from Aspen Wildlife Sanctuary]...  when he’s walking through the bush that’s catching on stuff and working the arrow’s razor head around. It’s pretty brutal.” ...

... the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club... is petitioning the District of Invermere to move the 90 deer it plans to cull to another part of the region.  "We're experiencing a decrease in mule deer populations outside the community," president Richard Hoar ...

Truro, No decision made on dealing with deer population in Truro January 12, 2015 Nova Scotia, Truro Daily News 
... One person ... saying town council has secretly made a decision to implement a bow and arrow deer cull.  “Nothing has been decided at all,” Truro Mayor Bill Mills reiterated ...

Cranbrook City staff hopes deer education will continue January 9, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... Back in November 2013, the Urban Deer Management Committee recommended that council create an urban deer public education program. The program was part of an update unanimously approved by council at the Nov. 25, 2013 meeting... The WildSafeBC program works to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, innovation and cooperation...

Point Pelee, Deer cull at Point Pelee set for Jan. 12-23 January 9, 2015 Ontario, CBC 
... Officials didn’t say how many deer are in the park or how they will be culled....  annual deer cull ...

Saanich, Deer education afternoon at Swan Lake nature sanctuary January 9, 2015 British Columbia, Saanich News 
... Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd., hosts a deer education afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 25 from noon to 3 p.m...

Oak Bay, Deer deserve kinder fate January 8, 2015 British Columbia, BC Local News
... Officials have been describing the proposed cull as “humane”, yet the procedure as shown in a brief video clip on CTV News, indicates that it is not.  We were told that the SpayVac contraceptive, a non-lethal alternative means of deer population reduction, would not be available in 2014.  Now that we have crossed the threshold into 2015, why not undertake a pilot project with SpayVac? It has been used on James Island on fallow deer and at the base in Esquimalt on native black tailed deer...

Oak Bay, Protestors gather as Oak Bay awaits permit for deer cull January 6, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News ·
...  the municipality and CRD rely on the experts at the provincial level, particularly provincial wildlife veterinarian Dr. Helen Schwantje.  “She’s the one who will determine whether or not we proceed,” Jensen said. “She sets the criteria for a humane and ethical cull.” ...

Oak Bay, Urban cull opposed January 6, 2015 British Columbia, BC Local News 
... Do you want to have your children witness a brutal, inhumane slaughter of an innocent deer? Unfortunately that is the way it is going to happen...

On Jan 3rd 2015 DeerSafe Victoria held a rally for the Oak Bay deer. This rally was in opposition to Oak Bay's planned deer "cull" of 25 deer as a pilot project. Thank you to all who came out and all the community support. To find out more about the cull and how you can help the deer please visit: www.deersafevictoria.com Stay connected at www.thecriticalcat.com - January 6, 2015


Oak Bay, Regional Deer Management Strategy Update January 5, 2015 The District of Oak Bay
The Regional Deer Management Strategy Oak Bay pilot project has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) for a permit to proceed with capture and euthanize activities in Oak Bay in 2015. Should a permit be granted, FLNRO has agreed to provide logistical support for these activities. A number of potential contactors were invited to bid on the contract. In accordance with provincial regulations and guidelines provided by the BC wildlife veterinarian, animals will be treated ethically and humanely. Questions concerning the Regional Deer Management Strategy should be directed to deermanagement@crd.bc.ca.  Frequently Asked Questions - Regional Deer Management Strategy

Oak Bay deer cull expected to go ahead despite opposition January 3, 2015 British Columbia, Global News
...  “We still haven’t gotten the proof that there is an overpopulation. All we’re asking for is a proper deer count.” ... Kelly Carson with DeerSafe Victoria ...

Oak Bay, Dozens protest Oak Bay’s deer-cull push January 3, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... Longtime Oak Bay resident Liz Ciocca said the deer cull is dividing the community. “I’ve lived here for 34 years in Oak Bay, and I feel that this has caused a really bad, bad atmosphere for us, with neighbours against neighbours.”  The municipality is still waiting for its cull permit to be approved ...

Humane solutions to dealing with problems of "urban" deer December 31, 2014 British Columbia, Sookie News Mirror 
... BC SPCA Wild ARC is opposed to culling of urban deer when it is inhumane and/or there is no scientific justification for lethal measures. Culling is a costly, temporary solution, and Wild ARC instead encourages communities to adopt non-lethal, long-term strategies...

Oak Bay, Group seeking to observe deer cull December 26, 2014 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... Oak Bay council has announced to the public that it will begin a clover trap/bolt gun cull of 25 deer in Oak Bay in January 2015 ... Given the ongoing controversy regarding the humaneness of this kill method, I hereby ask the council’s permission to observe the clover trap/bolt gun kill [Kelly Carson, DeerSafe Victoria]

Deer on ice rescued by conservation officers in Okanagan December 13, 2014 British Columbia, CBC 
... pushed a flat bottom boat out towards the deer and used a tranquilizer dart to sedate the animal. The deer was then put on the boat and taken back to shore...

If You Build It, Will They Come? Caribou Habitat Restoration for Pipeline Projects  B Coupal, P Bentham - 2014 10th International Pipeline Conference, 2014
... Habitat restoration initiatives of Alberta’s historical industrial footprint within caribou ranges began in 2001 and have largely focused on linear corridors, including pipelines. Initiatives include revegetation treatments, access control programs and studies, and restricting the growth of plant species that are favourable to moose and deer, the primary prey for wolves...

Three poachers get 'RAPP'ed up in Campbell River November 28, 2014 British Columbia, courierislander.com 
... Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline... Three Lower Mainland men learned a hard lesson about pit lamping deer on a public highway and within the boundaries of the City of Campbell River...

Pelham, Return of hunt draws protests, for and against November 27, 2014 Ontario, Niagara This Week
... Short Hills Provincial Park was once again home to protests this past weekend as First Nations hunters from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy exercised treaty rights to perform a deer hunt in the 660-hectare park... “The MNR cannot ensure public safety,” ...

Langley, No humanity in deer’s killing November 27, 2014 British Columbia,  langleyadvance.com 
... With great sadness, I read of the shooting of the pinto deer on Oct. 2 by someone shooting from his or her vehicle ... This beautiful animal is dead – not for food, but for fun...
... A man in a silver newer-model Toyota pickup with a canopy stopped on the road, stuck a rifle out of his window, and shot the pinto deer where it was standing in a nearby field. Trudgian said the man fired across the opposite lane of the roadway... The reward is up to $2,000. Anyone with a tip should call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1-877-952-7277. Tips can remain anonymous...

Managing wolves (Canis lupus) to recover threatened woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Alberta D Hervieux, M Hebblewhite, D Stepnisky, M Bacon… - Canadian Journal of …, 2014
... We monitored annual survival for 172 adult female caribou and calf recruitment from 2000 through 2012 and conducted a provincial government delivered wolf population reduction program annually during the winters of 2005–2006 to 2012 (inclusive) in an area centered on the Little Smoky range. Wolf removal translated to a 4.6% increase in mean population growth rate of the Little Smoky population mostly through improvements in calf recruitment. In contrast, the Red Rock Prairie Creek control population exhibited a 4.7% decline. Although the wolf population reduction program appeared to stabilize the Little Smoky population, it did not lead to population increase, however, with λ remaining approximately equal to 1. Therefore, we recommend, if required, predation management be combined with effective habitat conservation ...

Plummeting deer numbers lead to hunting restrictions November 21, 2014 Saskatchewan, Leader Post
... Saskatchewan hunters are facing a shortened white-tailed deer season as the species reels from a succession of brutal winters. The deer population in the province is down 27 per cent compared to long term averages, provincial wildlife ecologist Allison Henderson said...



... “Population-index surveys for white-tailed deer do indicate an overall decline of roughly 30 per cent compared to the long-term averages across the province ... further restrictions are a possibility...

Rare pinto deer shot and killed November 20, 2014 British Columbia, Aldergrove Star 
... Conservation officers want to track down the person who shot and killed a rare pinto deer, leaving it to die near Fort Langley on Oct. 2...  contact RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-7277.

Rare white deer spotted in northwestern Ontario November 20, 2014 Yahoo News Canada
... Brown said she is not sure if it was an albino deer because she didn't get close enough to see if it had pink eyes, but there was no brown in its coat at all...

Deer swims from US to Gulf of Maine's Machias Seal Island November 18, 2014 New Brunswick, CBC.ca
... Machias Seal Island is roughly 20 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan and 16 kilometres southeast of Cutler, Maine.  Diamond said he has no idea how a deer would swim that far ...


Haudenosaunee voluntarily cut Dundas Valley deer hunt limit November 12, 2014 Ontario, Hamilton Spectator
... Chief administrative officer Chris Firth-Eagland said Haudenosaunee representatives offered to reduce the limit in recognition of the effect last year's harsh winter had on their prey...

Deer tuberculosis focus of project November 7, 2014 British Columbia, Vernon Morning Star
... Deer hunters in the Cherryville area ...  are encouraged to drop off the heads of any white-tailed or  mule deer at collection freezers at Frank’s General Store (1139 Highway 6) or  RT Ranch Sausage and Custom Cutting (39 Byers Rd.)... So far, there is no indication that deer in the area are  infected ...

Donations for an effort to try contraception as a method to control urban deer populations in British Columbia can be made to DeerPlanOakBay where you can volunteer to advance the science of this project.
Data:  The harsh winters of 2014 and 2015 have reduced many deer populations. The population is down to around 80,000 to 100,000 in Manitoba. The New Brunswick deer population was about 90,000 in 2013 and into early 2014, down from about 110,000 in 2007, but up from 2012.  Winter mortality in 2014 reduced the herd by about 15,000, putting the population at about 75,000 in 2014.  Another 20 percent decline is expected for 2015.  Antlerless permits in New Brunswick were reduced by about 20 percent in 2014.  The deer population in Ontario peaked in about 2004, deer populations are half or less, falling from 10 to 12 deer per square kilometer to 4 or 5, partially a result of severe winter weather.  About 400,000 in 2014 for Ontario.  About 45,00 to 65,000 deer on Victoria Island in 2011 according to B.C. Ministry of Environment. 

Report poaching:  call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) tollfree

Other Useful Links
- British Columbia Deer Protection Coalition      - WildSafeBC: designed to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, innovation and cooperation.
Invermere Deer Protection Society: We advocate humane treatment and harmoneous co-existence with the wildlife in our beautiful town of Invermere.
DeerSafe Victoria: A blog following the urban deer management issue in Victoria.
- Procyon Wildlife:  Deer rehabilitation in Ontario
Wildlife Conservation and Management - The Canadian Encyclopedia Wildlife conservation and management in Canada is a reflection of ... in concert with government conservation agencies 

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CRD Deer Management Citizens Advisory Committee July 24, 2012 ‎(Published September 5, 2012)‎