Canada Deer News

Vegan party running federal election candidate in B.C. August 26, 2015 British Columbia, Straight.com
... Jordan Reichert is running for MP in Victoria ... Reichert related that he met party leader Liz White when she came to Victoria to help in the campaign against a deer cull in the Capital Regional District...

Is Downtown Deer too friendly for its own good? August 25, 2015 British Columbia, CBC
 ...  new video showing the fawn licking and nuzzling the hand of a tourist ... the biggest concern is that the deer will be hit by a car ...


Live Mint
... a study released on Thursday by the journal Science... other animals tend to kill the young, small and weak, humans kill the more mature animals that are in their reproductive primes. It found humans killed up to 14 times more adults than other animal predators ... 

Saanich, Deer plan could be on its way to Saanich August 18, 2015 British Columbia, Saanich News
... the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society hopes to launch its pilot project, Deer Plan Oak Bay, this fall...deer would be vaccinated in the Oak Bay area with semi-permanent contraceptives ... Saanich Coun. Vic Derman, a CRD director, was impressed during the July 22 CRD presentation... 

We stopped for lunch on a little island off Quadra and were visited by this deer. After checking out our kayaks and canoe, she swam over to the main island. It was impressive how fast she could swim. August 15, 2015


Resident pitches plan to keep deer in park August 14, 2015 British Columbia, Saanich News
    Mount Douglas area resident Livinia Rojas has an idea to keep the deer out of backyards and in Mount Douglas Park, by planting native, deer-friendly vegetation in the park. Rojas presented to Saanich council as a delegation of one on Monday ... examples of where this approach has been used

The beginnings of the Toronto Zoo August 13, 2015 Ontario, The Star
... Daniel Lamb, who founded Cabbagetown’s Riverdale Zoo starting with just a few deer. Opening to the public in 1894, Riverdale was one of Toronto’s first zoos ...

Moose calf hunt dates coincide with deer rut August 12, 2015 Ontario, The Chronicle Journal 
... With the decimation of the Ontario moose herd because of mismanagement of the herd, MNRF should revise the lottery system for moose to mimic that of the draw for elk tags....

Kenora, Fifth year for special deer season August 11, 2015 Ontario, Kenora Daily Miner and News
... There will also be a public meeting in the near future where residents can review the effectiveness of the hunt and suggest ways to address the deer living in residential neighbourhoods where hunting is not permitted...

Beeton wildlife centre raising money to save deer’s life August 7, 2015 Ontario, Simcoe County
... An injured fawn will have its young life cut short unless enough money is raised to perform a specialized surgery...  at the Procyon Wildlife Centre in Beeton ... [update from the wildlife center]:  Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our veterinarian went ahead with life-saving surgery for our little fawn.  The surgery was a success! However, the fawn is not out of the woods yet. The injury was worse than originally thought, meaning there still is the chance of the patella slipping out...

B.C. fishing guide and his client accused of trying to corral deer in water August 6, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun 
... the men are alleged to have used their boat near Kitimat in an attempt to corral and capture the mule deer.  "We don't know, actually, if the deer has been killed or not," ...

Oak Bay, Deer a shared responsibility July 31, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society was very happy to receive $5,000 in financial support from Oak Bay council  ... One main goal is to demonstrate a non-lethal alternative to lethal culls – immuno-contraception ... Tagging and tracking the deer in Oak Bay, along with vaccinating the does with the contraceptive SpayVac, is an important element of our program...

Oak Bay, Wildlife society seeks CRD cash for deer project July 28, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... fter hearing vocal support from directors during the July 22 Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee... The Deer Plan Oak Bay project includes public education and road signs. They’ve also secured 25 doses of the immuno-contraceptive SpayVac and submitted an application to the province for a permit to treat up to 25 deer...

B.C. fires: drought may drive more wildlife into cities July 24, 2015 British Columbia - CBC News
... While it was a rare treat to find a baby deer wandering through downtown Vancouver earlier this week, wildlife experts say this year's drought could increase the number of human-wildlife encounters in urban areas...

CRD directors vote to leave deer management to municipalities July 23, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Capital Regional District directors agreed Wednesday the CRD should take only a limited role in deer management.  And some directors encouraged representatives of a citizens group looking to sterilize urban deer — rather than see them culled — to formally apply for CRD funding...

Changes coming to Sunday hunting rules in Nova Scotia July 23, 2015 The Yarmouth County Vanguard
... The Department of Natural Resources is lifting the ban on Sunday hunting for the first two Sundays of general deer hunting season in November... 

Deer wanders through downtown Vancouver (with photos and video) July 22, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun
... Within minutes, the creature leaped to fame on social media, becoming known as #downtowndeer as it wandered through the streets... Within minutes, the creature leaped to fame on social media, becoming known as #downtowndeer as it wandered through the streets... There are no deer in wooded Pacific Spirit Regional Park off the west side of Vancouver ...

Stay out of the deer-control business, staff advise CRD July 31, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Deer were culled in Oak Bay and Central Saanich in two CRD-funded pilot projects... The region should limit its role to sharing lessons learned from a pilot deer-management program conducted over the past two years, says a staff report going to directors this week ... The report notes that the provincial government is responsible for wildlife in the province ...

B.C. SPCA opposes deer cull July 15, 2015 British Columbia, Sookie News Mirror 
... B.C. SPCA chief scientific officer Sara Dubois told Sooke District council last week that deer culls are often “misguided” and a “knee-jerk reaction” to a problem that can often be solved by non-lethal means...

Two unlikely friends July 15, 2015 Ontario, ParrySound.com 
... three-year-old cat, Frodo, made an unlikely friend of his own this week with a woodland creature: a deer... For the last couple of days, the deer has returned to the Wright’s, cautiously approaching its newfound friend...

Lead exposure through consumption of big game meat in Québec (Canada): risk assessment and perception  CR Fachehoun, B Lévesque, P Dumas, A St-Louis… - Food Additives & …, 2015
... Game meat from animals killed by lead ammunition may expose consumers to lead. We assessed the risk related to lead intake from meat consumption of White-tailed deer and moose killed by lead ammunition ... The consumption of meat from cervids killed with lead ammunition may increase lead exposure and associated health risks. It would be important to inform the population, particularly hunters, about this potential risk and promote the use of lead free ammunition...

Agriculture committee wants open deer season within Penticton city limits July 13, 2015 British Columbia, InfoTel News Ltd
... Penticton's Agriculture Advisory Committee has made a request to allow First Nation harvesters and other regulated hunters the right to hunt on large private holdings with the landowners’ permission on outlying acreages within the city limits...

Deer carcass ditched near Penticton July 11, 2015 British Columbia, Global News
...  a vehicle hit the deer more than a week ago... “I saw a conservation officer truck out here so I came down to see what was happening and what he did is shot the deer twice,” ,,,

Determined deer not yet 'out of the woods' July 10, 2015 Saskatchewan, StarPhoenix
... David the deer still fights to survive after suffering severe burns in a northern Saskatchewan wildfire close to a month ago... “He hasn’t lost his hooves, but he’s lost some parts of his toes,” Mark Dallyn, president and founder of Healing Haven Wildlife Rescue Inc., said...

Deer found hanging by leg rescued by Vernon men July 7, 2015 British Columbia, infotel.ca
... Pete Wise, who operates a wildlife control company, was making his rounds at the Vernon airport early Saturday morning when he noticed the deer hanging by its leg.  “It was exhausted. It likely wouldn’t have lived a lot longer,” ... Wise and Adkins then drove the deer out to a nearby creek where Wise bottle fed it some water before releasing it....

Oak Bay, Deer Contraception Program Interview, June 30, 2015 British Columbia, Ian Jessop, CFAS
   The interview starts 34 minutes into this hour long program, just set the cursor ahead on the sound track to hear this in-depth interview about the Contraception Program planned for Oak Bay

Deer deaths bewilder Herb Gray Parkway construction officials June 29, 2015 Ontario, dailycommercialnews.com
... The deaths have occurred as the deer apparently have run off at least one unfinished overpass, Matchette Rd., where so-called exclusion fences weren't yet completed.  But there have been similar incidents ... once the expressway is completed it will have a unique 120-hectare interlocking natural park and trail system atop the 11 extended tunnels...

Oak Bay deer-cull foes ready to foot contraceptive June 28, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society ... has submitted its application for the provincial permit, and the federal application is underway, said society president Bryan Gates.  A spokesman for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources said the group’s application has not been reviewed or processed. “Timelines can vary considerably ...

Oak Bay, Citizens group secures deer contraceptive vaccine June 26, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society has a commitment for 25 doses of SpayVac from Immunovaccine Inc., a Canadian vaccine development company in Nova Scotia. The doses are to be used in a project later this year to capture, immunize, tag and monitor up to 25 female deer...

Fast action saves deer June 26, 2015 British Columbia, Mission City Record
... The corners of the beaver deceiver are stiffened with a short piece of 2x6...The doe had gotten her head up through the open triangle and her forelegs through the wire grid. She was stuck and was clearly in significant distress ... Without the rapid, caring intervention of Mission Public Works staff, this deer would have drowned ...

Animal lover wants improved policies for injured deer June 25, 2015 British Columbia, Pentiction Western News
...  To mitigate the situation for the fawn, Nolet said she relayed to the officer that she had the means to offer overnight rehabilitation and transport it to a safe environment the following day. However, the officer refused to shoot the doe. [see comments, the doe may be able to survive the injury and raise her fawns]

Deer caught in tomato basket tranquilized, freed by officers June 25, 2015 British Columbia, nanaimodailynews.com
... "With the help of the wildlife biologist they tranquilized her and the conservation officer stayed with her until she came too. It was OK." ...

Another moose runs loose in the Hat June 20, 2015 Alberta, Medicine Hat News
...  moose can be somewhat more unpredictable than deer, especially around traffic ...

Antlerless deer permits reduced by 20% June 18, 2015 New Brunswick, CBC 
... A total of 2,250 permits will be issued, compared to 2,700 in 2014 ... It's the second year in a row the number of permits has been reduced because of the declining deer population ...

Grand Forks City, Province divided on deer research June 16, 2015 British Columbia, The Boundary Sentinel 
... My primary focus as a deer committee member who does not support a cull was to convince the deer committee to make a public statement that states the obvious- the whitetail deer population on their historic range thanks to the five year whitetail doe rifle season has resulted in a 90 plus percent population decline...

Baby deer rescued after northern Sask. forest fire June 16, 2015 Saskatchewan, CBC
... "The poor thing was found in the burnt area laying down curled into a little ball."  The fawn, named David after a fire in the area, got a ride in a helicopter and was taken by a conservation officer to Healing Haven Wildlife Rescue Inc. in Dorintosh, Sask...

Juniper's tame doe Bella transferred to the wild June 13, 2015 New Brunswick, CBC
... That will be a challenge for the deer who has spent the last five years playing among dogs and kids, often eating prepared meals and even having her injured leg mended by a loving resident of Juniper.  Linda Ouellet says she has been heartbroken since a black truck rolled up next to her yard Friday morning and DNR officials tranquillized the animal without warning...

... A deer that was tranquilized after it crashed through windows of an Ottawa home Wednesday and was struck by a vehicle has been put down ... NCC officers checked in again on the deer and found it hadn't moved since the evening...

... Two RCMP officers saved the life of an unborn fawn early Saturday morning, just minutes after they accidentally hit the fawn's mother with their vehicle and killed it... Hope for Wildlife, an animal rehab facility, received a call from a police dispatcher, saying the officers were on their way to the facility with the newborn...

Gulf Islands deer population hits ‘crisis’ level June 5, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun 
... “People love deer, they come here to see deer. And they are majestic animals, but they have no idea that they are about 10 times more abundant than they were a couple of hundred years ago, so they don’t know what trade-off they are making,” said Tara Martin, a Saltspring Island resident with a doctorate in ecology and conservation. [Deer were nearly hunted to extinction 100 years ago.  Black-tail and mule deer populations in BC are below historic levels prior to the big kill]

Oak Bay, Wildlife society aims to reduce conflicts with deer June 5, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... With only a handful of signs on private property around the community, Kilpatrick was surprised at the requests already coming in both here and from the neighbouring communities of Saanich and Victoria. Find out how to get a sign online at deerplanoakbay.ca.

Deer rescued after jumping into Whitby backyard pool June 3, 2015 Ontario, Durham Region 
... the deer was tranquilized while still in the water. A pool skimmer was used to keep the deer in the shallow end as the tranquilizer took effect ... removed from the water, driven north and released...

No compassion for deer June 3, 2015 British Columbia, British Columbia, BC Local News
... To the driver of the red truck with black canopy that hit the deer on Whiffin Spit Road about 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. Why did you not stop? ...   My husband had to deal with the carnage you left behind —  a  dead full-term mother deer now burst open in the middle of the road with two babies alive spilling out of her...

Deer falling to their death on parkway overpass June 1, 2015 Ontario, Windsor Star
... deer unfamiliar with the new landscape have run to their death off an overpass of the new $1.4-billion Herb Gray Parkway... Ontario transportation ministry officials acknowledged Monday the change in terrain and their growing numbers has caused an issue with deer falling off an overpass of the parkway...

Okotoks pushing for new ways to manage deer population May 29, 2015 Alberta, MSN
... Of the 1,149 respondents, 59.5 per cent said deer are not damaging their yards or gardens; 26.7 per cent said their yards or gardens have been damaged, “but it doesn’t bother me,” the survey reads.  “We share this Town with the deer and they are here to stay, we all need to make compromises to share the Town with them,” was the highest chosen response for “general attitude towards deer.” Nine hundred and forty respondents — 82.1 per cent — chose this response...

Hunter shot deer from dining room May 29, 2015 Ontario, The Chronicle Journal 
...  Kenora man has been fined $3,500 for illegally shooting a deer ...  the man had shot a white-tailed deer from his dining room window with a .22-calibre rifle a few days earlier...

Gulf Islands plant evolves to protect itself from deer May 27, 2015 British Columbia, news.ubc.ca
... seablush, a flowering plant native to the endangered Garry oak ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest, grows differently depending on the presence or absence of deer.  On islands free of deer, seablush grows 70 to 120 centimetres tall with branches high off the ground. On islands where deer are present, seablush grows 10 to 20 cm tall with branches low to the ground, making it less visible to herbivores...

... it's normal for female deer to only visit their young three or four times a day and for about 15 minutes at a time...

Costs to cull deer rise substantially May 14, 2015 British Columbia, Nanaimo Daily News
... As the cull only took place in 2015 it implies that the total cost to kill 11 deer was $52,182.21. That is over $4,700 per deer...

Kootenay taking steps to protect Hwy 93 wildlife May 14, 2015 British Columbia, rmoutlook.com
... On a typical summer day, more than 5,000 vehicles travel Highway 93 South, and in recent years, an average of 50 large animals have been killed on the highway every year. Roads are also barriers to wildlife searching for food, shelter and mates.  The most commonly killed animals are white-tailed deer ...

Municipalities need to co-operate to control deer: CRD report May 12, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... “A piecemeal approach to regional deer management will be neither successful nor economical,” says the CRD staff report ... “What’s so frustrating is that all of this is being undertaken without a deer count. Nobody knows there’s an over-population... said Kelly Carson of DeerSafe Victoria ...

... "I have no regrets," said Jeannie Samad. "I made a stand to feed the deer through the winter." ... "I believe they should be fed instead of starved to death," ...

Kelowna, Moose put down after being hit by pickup truck in Kelowna May 3, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun
... To have a moose wander along such a busy traffic area near the centre of the Okanagan’s biggest city is unusual ... Mission Creek is a wildlife corridor with plenty of willow trees, ferns and other vegetation that attract them ...

N.S. farmers can apply for provincial funding to build deer fences May 2, 2015 Nova Scotia, Atlantic CTV News 
... Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell announced Friday that funding will cover half of eligible costs, to a maximum of $115,000...

Deer sterilization concerns Province May 1, 2015 British Columbia, Columbia Valley Pioneer
... “The ministry (FLNRO) is aware of media reports that mention SpayVac as a viable option. However, it is the ministry’s understanding that this vaccine is not currently manufactured,” said FLNRO spokesperson Greig Bethel... [contrary to this statement, SpayVac is currently available]

Fredericton Junction man defends feeding deer May 1, 2015 New Brunswick, CBC
... Porter pointed out that the provincial government recently said the harsh winter was taking a toll on the deer population.  The Fredericton Junction man said many deer would not have survived the winter had his community not set up feeding stations...

Penticton, Illegally harvesting deer April 29, 2015 British Columbia, Castanet 
... B.C. Conservation Service is asking for the public’s assistance ... near Spiller Road in Penticton ... inside the truck appeared to have harvested a mule deer in the closed season, at night and with the aid of a light... contact 1-877-952-7277 

... 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 ...

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. In Saskatchewan a population index survey for white-tailed deer was 27 percent below the long term average, the 2014 deer season was reduced in an effort to support the population.  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 and another 20 percent in 2015 to help the herd recover.  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)‎