Canada Deer News

Deer hunt considered 'viable' by city officials May 16, 2016 Ontario, The Chronicle Journal
... Thunder Bay’s deer hunt doesn’t appear to be decreasing the number of crashes between the animal and vehicles, according to a city administration report.
For the past four years, Thunder Bay residents have been able to hunt deer using bow and arrows in designated rural areas within city limits ...

... Extensive forest management aims at minimizing differences between managed and natural forests and at contributing to the conservation of endangered species, such as the Atlantic-Gaspésie caribou. The decline of this isolated population was exacerbated by intensive forest practices, since the over-representation of regenerating forests supports high densities of bears and coyotes. These predators select such stands for the high availability of berries and browse suitable to alternative prey, especially moose...

UWSS applauds decision to reduce deer budget May 9, 2016 Birtish Columbia,  Oak Bay News 
... the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society applauds this decision as sensible and positive... It takes a prudent approach to spending taxpayer’s money, and it creates an opportunity for good decision-making ... As a citizen-based organization, the UWSS stands ready to work co-operatively with Oak Bay municipality ...

... While farmers can obtain permits to cull animals causing damage to their crops, the process is both long and complicated and requires proof of the damage being caused, too often the damage is done long before the permit is obtained...

... a small group of deer roaming downtown Winnipeg streets... “We just leave them until they can make their way.” ...

Oak Bay cuts $30,000 for deer management from budget April 26, 2016 British Columbia,, Times Colonist
... a 4-3 vote ... means that in 2016 there will be no deer management program in Oak Bay ...

Saskatchewan Deer April 24, 2016 Preeceville Progress
... the white-tail deer populations were reported to be still in the recovery stages, stated Ron Waugh, a Preeceville conservation officer ... "The Co-operative Deer Management survey for 2015 showed 75 fawns being born per 100 does. This is above the 2014 average. However, it remains well bellow the long term average.” ...

The Deer that were Here April 22, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... 29 collared deer from Kimberley and Cranbrook were released in the south country in February... there have been no deaths that could be called stress related ... There was a lot of question as to how they would do. Capture related deaths due to stress can show up a couple of weeks after an animal is handled...

DNA test ties Richmond men to out-of-season deer kill April 22, 2016 British Columbia, Alaska Highway News
... two were charged after killing deer on a hunting expedition in Rose Prairie near Fort St. John ...  not uncommon for COs to use DNA ...

Does Predation Influence the Seasonal and Diel Timing of Moose Calving in Central Ontario, Canada?  BR Patterson, KJ Mills, KR Middel, JF Benson… - PLOS ONE, 2016
... Mean date of calving averaged 1.5 days earlier and calving was also more synchronous in the study area with heavier predation pressure, despite average green-up date and peak Normalized Difference Vegetation Index date occurring 2 days later in this study area than in the area receiving lighter predation pressure... 

Deer sensors tested on BC highways April 20, 2016 British Columbia, 24 Hours Vancouver
... sensors are capable of detecting large animals from as far as 1,200 metres away ... Using radar and thermal cameras, the system covers the highway and shoulder on both sides of the roadway, and a warning to drivers will activate within three seconds of an animal entering a detection zone...

BR Nobert, EH Merrill, MJ Pybus, TK Bollinger… - Journal of Applied Ecology, 2016
...  We found that landscape connectivity was a major contributor to the spatial pattern of chronic wasting disease (CWD) risk on a heterogeneous landscape. For this reason, future disease surveillance programs and models of disease spread should consider landscape connectivity. In the aspen parkland ecosystem, we recommend managers focus surveillance and control efforts along river valleys surrounded by agriculture where mule deer abound, because of the high risk of CWD infection...

Loring deer program goes way of dodo April 15, 2016 Ontario, NorthBayNipissing.com
... The program was set up and run by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for more than 30 years before it was turned over to local volunteers who have dwindled along with the deer population...The deer-feeding program under Rausch only provided grain and hay to the deer during winters with deep snow cover or when ice storms put a frozen cover over the normal shrubs and twigs deer winter on...

... the deer herd was estimated to be about 270,532 animals in 1985.  The latest estimate of the province's deer population, taken in 2014, indicates there are approximately 74,338 animals remaining... heavy snowfall amounts and coyotes as factors ...

Manitoulin fish, game clubs revisit group hunt April 13, 2016 Canada, manitoulin.ca
... The United Fish and Games Clubs of Manitoulin (UFGCM) met in an emergency meeting on Monday, April 11 to rescind a motion calling for an end to party hunting passed at the UFGCM’s March 22 meeting...  the majority of deer hunters that have voiced an opinion are not in favour of such a proposed change...

Fish and Game clubs want party hunting for deer eliminated April 1, 2016 Ontario, Manitoulin Expositor
... with party hunting, say six guys are hunting together they can shoot six deer, but it could be that only one or two actually harvest the six deer and each of the guys puts their tag on one of the deer that has been harvested ... look at what is best for the deer herd ...

Oak Bay, Council's deer decision is disappointing March 30, 2016 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... UWSS has always been clear that our objective is to provide science-based recommendations for non-lethal deer management alternatives, and that our work is guided by an independent science advisory group. It was puzzling and disappointing to hear Mayor Jensen dismiss the mandate of the UWSS as an “anti-cull advocacy organization” that “only provides information.” ...

Oak Bay eyes independent agency to survey residents on deer March 29, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society, which wanted the municipality to partner with it on a program that would have included public education, a deer count and a values-based survey. Oak Bay councillors rejected that ...

Mild Saskatchewan winter results in fewer reports of wildlife in forage March 29, 2016 620ckrm.com
... wildlife typically stay in their natural habitat and are not looking for additional feed...

At dusk I came across some deer grazing before bedding down for the night. In the background a pair of geese are talking. Sights & sounds of spring in Saskatchewan. - March 29, 2016


Infectious Disease and Grouping Patterns in Mule Deer MFM Salazar, C Waldner, J Stookey, TK Bollinger - PLoS One, 2016
...Saskatchewan, Canada ...  We found that mule deer showing clinical signs of CWD were less likely to be reported in groups than clinically healthy deer after accounting for time of day, habitat, and month of observation. Mule deer groups were much more likely to occur in February and March than in July. Mixed-sex groups in early gestation were larger than any other group type in any season. Groups were largest and most likely to occur at dawn and dusk, and in open habitats, such as cropland...

Harsh winter of 2014/15 took toll on deer population March 26, 2016 Nova Scotia, Truro Daily New
... Province-wide, a total of 7,814 deer were tagged last fall, which represented a decline of 28.4 per cent from the 10,920 deer harvested in the fall of 2014...

Oak Bay, Divided council agrees to manage deer March 25, 2016 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... Bryan Gates, president of UWSS, suggested Oak Bay could be at “biological carrying capacity” – the maximum population the environment can sustain indefinitely.  “We have no evidence this population is growing, we have no evidence it’s declining. I believe we’re at biological carrying capacity,” ...

Penticton Man Charged After Killing Pregnant Deer March 25, 2016 British Columbia, kelownanow.com
... The complaint, which was received through a poacher hotline alleged that two males had shot and killed a pregnant mule deer doe ... 

...  the department is looking at allowing crossbows to be used during traditional bow season and delaying the deer season ... Many hunters feel that current timing of the firearms season maybe misses part of the rut, or a key part of the rut which they would like to hunt in...

Cranbrook, Council eyeing deer cull permit March 22, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
...  we’re actually going through a deer relocation project right now, which is seemingly successful; we don’t have all the data in ... The city culled 20 deer—13 mule deer and seven white-tail deer—from Dec. 1, 2015 to Jan. 13, 2016 using clover traps to trap the deer and a bolt gun to euthanize them. Total cost of the cull was $10,374, translating into $494 per animal ...

... "There was one deer that was predated by a cougar fairly early on in the project," ... "For the most part, they've been doing fairly well ...
     Tracking translocated urban deer March 14, 2016 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... The capture process has wrapped up for a regional urban deer translation project, as 60 mule deer have been relocated from four communities to winter range areas... Of those 60 deer that were translocated, 29 were fitted with radio collars ... 

The situation with the translocation February 25, 2016 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... "Over three days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, last week, 20 deer were removed from Kimberley, which is what the permit allowed," White said. "One deer died at capture. They think it regurgitated food and it got caught in the trachea...

Dogs can be lethal to deer February 24, 2016 British Columbia, Comox Valley Record
... When a deer is chased into the ocean, more often than not, it drowns. When a deer is chased into a fence, more often than not it dies of a broken neck (hopefully instantly). When a doe heavy with fawn is chased through the woods it can spontaneously abort ...

Chronic wasting disease detected in nearby deer February 22, 2016 Alberta, coldlakesun.com 
...  the prevalence of CWD is increasing in Alberta.  According to Maile, the first positive case of CWD was recently discovered in the Frog Lake Wildlife Management Unit (WMU 500)...  “By testing the heads we can see if they carry the disease.” ...

Kootenay Communities Given Funding to Relocate Deer February 22, 2016 British Columbia, kelownanow.com
... The province will provide $36,000 to three communities, Cranbrook, Kimberly, and Invemere, to support the translocation of deer ...

Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Deer hunt falls shy of limit again February 17, 2016 Ontario, Hamilton Spectator
... Over five years, hunters have now killed 31, 37, 30, 35 and 32 deer, respectively... A February 2013 aerial survey counted 266 deer ...

Kimberley Urban Deer Committee annual report February 17, 2016 British Columbia, Kimberley Daily Bulletin
...Deer counts conducted in Kimberley this past December were down and the population appears to be trending down — for now ... “What that’s all about, we’re  not sure. Is is new fences? Fences limit the animal’s access to food so they go elsewhere .” ... 

... Some agencies are focusing on animal surveys to manage species such as white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)... Our pilot study (data collected on 6 Nov 2012 at Saint-David-de-Falardeau, QC, Canada) ... Overall, this approach had an average detection rate of 0.5, which is comparable to conventional aerial surveys. Visual obstructions by coniferous canopy and the spectral confusion associated with certain elements (e.g., bare soil, rocks) are problems that remain unresolved. Using UASs with image processing for surveys of deer and other species of large mammals is promising, but currently limited by the flight range of unmanned aerial vehicles ...

Oak Bay, Scientific approach could make us a leader on deer February 12, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist, Bryan Gates is president of the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society 
... our project calls for the inoculation of does with an immunocontraceptive. This part of the project is intended to manage deer in Oak Bay to a scientifically defined population objective by making does sterile and reducing the number of fawns born each spring, without creating vacant territory into which other deer will move. This approach has been tried with success in several jurisdictions, including locally at James Island and CFB Esquimalt...

East Kootenay deer translocation study about to begin February 12, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
...  Female deer (does) will be captured by tranquilizer darts or in non-collapsible Clover traps.  The mule deer will be transported to winter ranges in the East Kootenays where mule deer populations are in decline...

Deer discussion delayed to March February 12, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... The Provincial Urban Deer Operational Cost Share Program provides financial support to local governments this fiscal year within their jurisdiction.  Eligible projects could be operational activities or research trials. The province indicates research includes trials in translocation and immuno-contraception which is a major component of the UWSS proposal...

41 garden plants deer don't like February 8, 2016 Ontario, Mansfield News Journal
... Annuals: Dusty Miller; marigold, Janie; salvia, Victoria Blue; snapdragon; white sweet alyssum; zinnia, Magellan Series.  Bulbs: Daffodils, all types; ornamental onions; galanthus (snowdrop)...

We took our kids to an outdoor safari-type park in Quebec where you are allowed to feed the deer, caribou and boars as you drive through. Our kid was particularly excited at the sight of some huge caribou, February 8, 2016


C Shura, J Roth - … of Manitoba's Undergraduate Science and Engineering …, 2016
...  This study suggests that to increase moose numbers, controlled burns and potential logging areas should be considered as ways to produce new habitat and plant growth for moose in the area. Managing the deer population also could control the effect of the deer brain worm ...

Hunting deer in town? Use common sense and don't February 4, 2016 British Columbia, Alberni Valley News 
... BC Conservation has put out a public plea about shooting arrows at deer after a deer was found with an arrow through its ear ... this is the third deer that BC Conservation Officer Steve Ackles has discovered with arrow wounds ...

... He'd been carrying that carcass, that dead deer, for I would guess, probably close to two days based on how much the dead deer was scavenged already by predators....

Cranbrook's Hottest App January 28, 2018 British Columbia, Cranbrook City
   Timber is the hottest way for Cranbrook's deer to meet and hook up... Here are a few profiles that are making waves in the wildly popular Timber app...

Oak Bay earmarks $40,000 for managing deer January 27, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... “I think what council could benefit from, certainly, is having a better understanding of what the contraceptive immunization program would look like and how much it would cost and the effectiveness of it.” ...
   Oak Bay, Urban deer on Oak Bay's radar again this year January 26, 2016 British Columbia, C-FAX 1070
... this year the province might be amenable to allowing options other than a cull, which was the only option allowed last year...

Cranbrook, Protesters voice opposition to deer cull January 26, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News 
...  a rally at City Hall on Friday afternoon... it was a decision made in-camera and not debated publicly, said Rebecca Cayenne, one of the organizers of the protest...

Oak Bay, Deer relocation and immunocontraception on the agenda for Oak Bay council meeting Janaury 25, 2016 British Columbia, CHEK
... The district has two options available now, that weren’t possible last year.  One is immunocontraception. “It really is up to the federal government to allow a research experiment because that is the only way you can use that SpayVac serum,” Jensen said. The other option is relocation...

Kelowna man fined for shooting at deer decoy in Joe Rich January 23, 2016 British Columbia, infotel.ca 
... fined $1,500 for shooting at a deer decoy ... shot three times at the deer but it didn't fall over. Instead Meier was approached by a Conservation officer ...

A message to council on deer culls January 22, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News 
... I am a Director of Animal Alliance of Canada ...  It was our understanding at the time that any community involved in the relocation project would not be culling...Then in the late fall 2015, I learned that Cranbrook had received a permit and would proceed with a cull...  other partners in the relocation project had not been notified ...

Cranbrook deer cull completed and comes in under budget January 22, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... The program was completed under the $15,000 budget at $10,374.00 or $494 per animal. Built into the cost includes: placement and tear down of each clover trap, purchase of bait and supplies, liability insurance, provincially mandated equipment training, mileage, vehicle cleaning ...

Oak Bay, Keep sending your deer photos for study January 20, 2016 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... We’re encouraged by the number of photos received so far and ask that you continue to provide more. Digital images, along with the date and location of each photo, can be sent to brgates@shaw.ca...

Cranbrook, City stays quiet on most recent deer cull January 20, 2016 British Columbia, Kootenay News Advertise
... “There are important reasons to not have a deer cull going when you are doing translocation trials,” said White. “To do a proper evaluation, you need to have all the conditions the same. If you have four municipalities and two are culling and two aren’t, this creates a problem for evaluation... 

Cranbrook, Council should apologize for secret cull January January 20, 2016 British Columbia, Kootenay News Advertiser
...  I still have difficulty believing that mayor, city council and CAO would approve a clandestine deer cull (kill) in-camera without the taxpayers knowledge while telling the public they were going to translocate deer instead of killing them. Then carry out the cull spending taxpayers’ money doing it ...

Cranbrook, Deer Cull In Cranbrook, B.C. Is Inhumane January 19, 2016 British Columbia, Huffington Post Canada
... Protesters gathered at Cranbrook City Hall on Monday night and vow to hold another demonstration on Friday, arguing the cull was carried out inhumanely and without proper notification...

Cranbrook, City acknowledges 20 deer culled January 18, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... It's the first public acknowledgement of a cull since the B.C. Deer Protection Society and the Animal Alliance of Canada accused the city of approving and conducting a cull behind closed doors...

S Weger, B Elkin, R Lindsay, T Bollinger, V Crichton… - … and Emerging Diseases, 2016
...  We assessed the presence of HEV in three different species of free-range deer in Canada. The seroprevalence of HEV among deer in Canada was 8.8% in white-tailed deer, 4.5% in mule deer and 3.2% in caribou. Hepatitis E virus RNA was not detected. Overall, data indicate that HEV infection occurs in deer in Canada ...

Deer translocation project still on pace: VAST Resources January 15, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News 
... A letter released by Ian Adams, the senior wildlife biologist with the translocation trial, clarifies that his company—VAST Resources—had nothing to do with the recent deer cull in Cranbrook...

Dogs a hazard for wintering deer January 15, 2016 Ontario, blogs.canoe.com
... Pet owners who allow their animals to run wild -regardless of the breed – are NOT ONLY breaking the law, their actions can be devastating for deer at a fragile time of year... the simple act of running through deep snow for long periods can drain much needed energy reserves ...

Cranbrook still culling deer despite relocation program, activists say January 14, 2016 British Columbia, CBC.ca
...The British Columbia Deer Protection Society says it has obtained a video showing what it calls the "inhumane" killing of a deer trapped in a net in Cranbrook.... Kazakoff and the Animal Alliance of Canada are calling on the B.C. government to review the City of Cranbrook's deer cull permit in light of the video, which they have posted on Youtube and their websites... [also see the video a few stories below]

Iroquoia Heights’ deer carnage ‘reasonable,’ HCA boss says January 14, 2016 Ontario, Hamilton Spectator
... believes the deer population at Iroquoia Heights will gradually drop because people aren’t feeding them like they did in the past... in 2011 by an advisory committee that considered potential solutions ... including a hunt, which it rejected...  favoured a host of non-lethal approaches, starting with an education campaign to discourage neighbours from feeding deer and a city bylaw banning the practice ...

Cranbrook, Animal Alliance decries urban deer cull January 13, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... Date-stamped video footage and photographs have been posted on a website—www.bcdeer.org—and Liz White, a board member of the Animal Alliance of Canada, says that she hasn't been able to find any evidence of a council vote to approve or fund a cull...

Deer translocation study set to begin January 13, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... this is a full on scientific project ... The less people around the better, to minimize stress ... “There are animals out there already collared — a control group,” Oakley said. “We want to know — if an animal is taken by a predator, are there control group animals being taken as well, or have the animals being transported lost their prey instinct?” ...

Cranbrook deer cull resumes without notification January 12, 2016 British Columbia
      In mid-December 2015, Cranbrook began to cull deer without notification to area residents.  The only public notification came from the BC Deer Protection Society [see their site for more information or visit their Facebook page] and Animal Alliance of Canada in an ad that ran in the Cranbrook Townsman prior to the start of the cull.... 2016 Letter to Minister re violations Cranbrook Deer Cull 
[see video below of how clover traps are used]

Footage for one incident shows a fawn captured in a trap (unedited video documents the fawn pacing for over two hours). The cull contactors arrive, collapsing the trap on the animal and applying the bolt gun. The cull contractors stand and the fawn moves. They apply the bolt gun a second time. The fawn moves again as the contractors try to erect the trap. They drop it and observe the fawn. One contractor starts to reach for the bolt gun but stops. They proceed again to erect the trap and drag the fawn away by the hind leg. In both cases the fawn is seen moving. The cull contractor returns immediately leaving the fawn still alive and unattended. A total of six minutes passed between the arrival of the contractors and the removal of the deer. (bcdeer.org) ... January 11, 2016


Point Pelee, Deer cull at Point Pelee starts Thursday January 6, 2016 Ontario, The Windsor Star
... Point Pelee National Park will be closed starting Thursday for a second consecutive deer cull. Last January, 72 white-tailed deer were shot in the first cull since 2009 …

The deer wanted to drink water but fell in the cold water and he could'nt get out. The way he was rescued was amazing! - Mont-Tremblant, Laurentides. Canada, Québec. January 10, 2016


Mule deer translocation trial to begin this winter January 3, 2016 British Columbia, The Free Press
... This trial project, which has received widespread support, is a response to the desire of many to find a non-lethal option to reduce urban deer populations. While the hope is that translocation will prove to be a reliable management tool, the current project is designed to scientifically test if translocation of urban deer is humane and effective...

Animal Alliance looking forward to relocation trial December 28, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... collars will allow for the relocated to be monitored. That will allow the whole thing to be evaluated... “If you look at the numbers, I think they’ve had four culls and really the number of mule deer they’ve counted has not gone down substantially,” she said. “It just doesn’t work.”...

A whitetail deer doe, and her twin fawns, have a snack and some fun in front of the Wildgame Innovations trail camera. - December 30, 2015


Man who killed moose fined thousands of dollars December 28, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun
... A Vancouver man has been fined thousands of dollars for killing a bull moose out of season and leaving the carcass to rot at the side of a logging road...

Deporting deer: B.C. towns try innovative approach to removing unwanted ungulates December 26, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun 
... The Animal Alliance of Canada, for one, has favoured dealing with problem deer through ... “hazing” the animals with dogs.  “Although hazing sounds like it is hard on the animals and likely to cause accidents and property damage, in reality, the deer are gently pressured by specially trained dogs and gingerly pick their way through the streets and out of town in the early dawn hours,” ...

... A team of experts will relocate up to 80 deer, and then track their movements with GPS to see if the plan works.  The plan was driven by backlash against killing the deer...

Urban deer translocation project to begin December 23, 2015 British Columbia, BC Local News 
... After extensive planning and discussions, a trial project to translocate urban mule deer from four communities ... Mule deer will be live-captured in Elkford, Cranbrook, Kimberley and Invermere, and transported to winter range areas in the East Kootenay where natural non-urban mule deer populations have been in decline for several years.  This trial project, which has received wide-spread support ...

Crews saved a deer fawn that was stranded on thin ice on Crowsnest Lake earlier this month. - December, 2015 Alberta


Oak Bay, Public asked to help with Oak Bay deer count December 12, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... A citizens’ group formed in opposition to the culling of deer in Oak Bay is looking to organize a count of the animals.  The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society aims to create a photo inventory of deer living in and around the Oak Bay ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62qCUgPf-I4


B.C. fishing guide, client fined for stabbing a swimming deer off B.C.'s coast December 3, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun
... fined thousands of dollars for stabbing a swimming deer in the neck with a hook and trying to bring the animal onto their boat last spring.  Andreas Handl of Kingfish Westcoast Adventures and Portuguese client Rodolfo Martins Lopes have both been convicted of harassing wildlife ...

White-tailed deer hunt numbers lowest in 42 years November 27, 2015 New Brunswick, CBC
... The hunt took in 38 per cent fewer animals than last year's season, with just 4,313 deer harvested. That's down from 6,935 reported in 2014... The only year that was worse was back in 1973...
... Craig attributes the lowest number of deer harvested in 42 years to the previous two New Brunswick winters that were particularly harsh...

"Mont-Tremblant Deer" accompanied with music by "ENIGMA" (Principles of Lust "FULL VERSION") Filmed & Edited by WALTER PANKIW - November 27, 2015


Man charged $6000 for deer hunting offences November 27, 2015 Ontario, Kenora Online
... fined $2,000 for failing to attach a game hunting seal to a deer, $2,000 for possessing illegally-killed wildlife, $500 for transporting illegally-killed wildlife, $1,000 for unlawfully obstructing a conservation officer and $500 for knowingly making a false statement ....

OPP denounce trophy hunting after headless deer carcasses found November 24, 2015 Ontario, Hamilton Spectator
... a resident found the carcasses — which were missing their heads and fur — around noon Monday in North Dumfries, near Cambridge... carcasses were stuffed inside garbage bags ...

... Over the past few years things in my Quebec deer woods appeared to be on the rebound, however, numbers this fall are noticeably bleak. Predator levels continue to soar in most regions and whitetail populations are in obvious need of assistance in order to rebound correctly.


A rutting whitetail deer buck in hot pursuit of a doe. Filmed in Ottawa, Ontario - Canada. November 18, 2015


Prince George, Local Mule Deer Survey November 13, 2015 British Columbia, ckpg.com
 ...The Spruce City Wildlife Association and the Province have teamed up to conduct a survey on the mule deer in the Prince George area. Spruce City is looking for volunteers to take part in a bi-annual ground base survey starting in December. Local hunters have reported a declining number of mule deer and the ministry wants to confirm these concerns ... the goal is to derive a regional mule deer management plan .... 

Restricted Deer Hunt in Rondeau Provincial Park November 6, 2015 Government of Ontario News
... Rondeau Provincial Park will be closed to the public on the afternoons of November 10, 12, 17 and 19 and the mornings from December 8-10, 2015, for a deer herd reduction ...

... 85 percent of mature bucks are killed between 10am and 2pm ... The rut hits the same time every year: November 10 ...

Oak Bay, Deer Count in Oak Bay November 2, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... As the final step in the CRD involvement in the Oak Bay deer population reduction pilot project, a second deer count is occurring. The CRD invited the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society to participate in this count ...

A Stealth Cam trail camera captures an 8-point whitetail deer buck working over a licking branch. Ottawa, Ontario - Canada - November, 2015



General deer hunting season opens in province October 30, 2015 Nova Scotia, The Chronicle Herald
... “There are approximately 50,000 active hunters in the province that buy a general deer licence every year,” ... In Nova Scotia, hunters are allowed to pursue their game on private property ...

Deer population down nearly 20% after harsh winter October 27, 2015 New Brunshwick, CBC
... in New Brunswick ... last year's tough winter has already depleted the population... The department believes the overall number of deer has dropped between 15 and 20 per cent, because of starvation...

Niagara, Controversial deer hunt will take place at Short Hills next month October 27, 2015 Ontario, News Talk 610 CKTB
... This annual deer hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park gives local Aboriginal hunters the opportunity to safely harvest deer for food.  Protestors say the hunt is dangerous and inhumane since they believe many of the deer are used to people in the park feeding them...

... a series of infractions, including:  Careless hunting.  Shooting from the road right-of-way.
Using another person's deer game seal...

Kelowna,  A deer little problem October 21, 2015 British Columbia, Castanet 
... Kelowna has fewer urban deer than many communities... “We have a deer currently running around with an arrow in it. It is a superficial wound where the arrow has gone through under the hide. The deer is not suffering, it is not bleeding, it is eating and moving normally – we are not going to go shoot it just because,” ...

Urban deer don’t attract cougars October 18, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... In 1973, a cougar was shot on the steps of the Carnegie Building at Yates and Blanshard... Deer only became numerous in Victoria since the year 2000.  Cougars are territorial, and young ones are forced into marginal areas by mature cats ...

Oak Bay police called after deer shot in Uplands neighbourhood October 16, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun 
... The resident then heard what sounded like gunshots and saw the deer scatter. A large buck ran into the backyard, where it struggled before disappearing.  Police said they found blood, but not the animal...

... An alarming number of moose calves are failing to survive their first year, pushing moose populations into decline in many parts of North America. Why that's happening isn't clear ...

Penticton, Two charged in pregnant deer poaching October 14, 2015 British Columbia, Penticton Western News
...  a doe that was pregnant with two fawns was shot ... a witness who photographed the suspected vehicle ...

Esquimalt, Pilot project to control deer births proposed in Esquimalt October 13, 2015 British Columbia, BC Local New
... Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS) ... society president and retired biologist Bryan Gates proposed a pilot project that would trap female deer, then inject them with SpayVac — a contraceptive vaccine that’s proven effective in deer and can be used to control populations...

A piebald deer trots near an ATV rider's cabin in West Petpeswick, N.S. on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2015.


Death of beloved deer leaves many upset October 9, 2015 Ontario, CJBK 
... Bucky, who was often seen around the Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club near St. Thomas... the golf course had a Facebook competition for the best photo with him... on the property of Jay Dee’s Small Engine Repairs. A noose was put around his neck and he later died, with people claiming he was killed intentionally...

... A deer and her two fawns had been regular visitors ... "almost like pets to us." ... a man drove up in a BMW last weekend and shot the doe in front of their home...

Short Hills Deer hunt continues to raise concerns October 1, 2015 Ontario, St. Catharines Standard
... With First Nations hunters expected to return to Short Hills Provincial Park in November, residents again raised concerns of safety risks they feel the deer hunt imposes...

Antlered deer hunt reinstated in northwestern New Brunswick October 1, 2015 CBC.ca
... For the first time in more than 20 years, a limited antlered deer hunt will be allowed in northwestern New Brunswick... 

Deer armed with electronic tags in battle against poachers September 30, 2015 British Columbia, BC Local News
... “What we do, we drug the deer, then hook them up with collars and other implantable monitoring devices,” said Stuart Bates, Nanaimo conservation officer. “We want to catch people shooting deer in Nanaimo.”...

An 8-Point Whitetail Buck Beds Down and Chews Its Cud. Ottawa, Ontario - Sept. 30, 2015



Oak Bay, Province promises to help tend its deer September 29, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... In Oak Bay, the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society formed following last year’s cull as a local, citizen-led non-profit society to help provide Oak Bay with an alternative solution ... “The UWSS is really happy that the province is going to be providing some leadership and funding for the management of urban deer,” ...

Hundreds of North Okanagan deer heads still needed for disease study September 25, 2015 British Columbia, infotel.ca 
... Analyzing the lymph nodes found in the heads can tell scientists whether the animal has bovine tuberculosis ... In 2011, seven cases of the disease were found in Cherryville livestock. There have been no reported cases since then ...

Province should lead on deer issue September 25, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... The province’s commitment of up to $100,000 a year for urban deer-management and research projects is a welcome first step, but it’s such a tiny first step... Are there too many deer? How many are too many? Is overcrowding affecting the health of the deer population? ... Does culling work? How effective is contraception? Municipalities throughout North America and Europe wrestle with this same problem ...

Province announces deer management funding September 24, 2015 British Columbia, Globalnews.ca
... the province will be forming a Provincial Urban Deer Advisory Committee and providing up to $100,000 in annual funding for urban deer management operations...

Deer Miley, please give the caribou expert a cull, er, call September 22, 2015 British Columbia, The Province
... “It’s extremely frustrating that people don’t seem to understand the drastic decline of these caribou herds,” Boutin [biological conservation chairman at the University of Albertasaid], who supports a limited, humane wolf cull as an “unfortunately drastic measure” to save caribou... 



Deer headed for UBCM debate September 18, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... An Oak Bay-generated resolution that went to AVICC then was forwarded to UBCM calls on the provincial government to provide leadership and funding regarding urban deer...

Saanich, Vaccine proposed to control Saanich’s deer population September 17, 2015 British Columbia, Saanich News 
...  The pilot project would use a Spay-Vac, an experimental immunocontraceptive vaccine, to introduce a foreign protein into female deer that prevents fertilization...  a single dose can be effective for up to five or six years... confident Spay-Vac would be much cheaper than trapping, sedating, transporting, spaying and releasing deer...

The Vanishing ‘Serengeti of North America’ September 17, 2015 British Columbia, dailytownsman.com
... the caribou is now on the endangered species list with less than 20 animals left in the herd closest to us in the South Selkirks. Mule deer populations are in serious decline, elk numbers have been reduced dramatically ... moose and mountain goats in some management units have been in decline for some time now...

Biologists keeping close eye on deer populations September 15, 2015 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
...  hunting regulations recently replaced an any mule deer buck season with a four-point mule deer buck season.  "That was mainly because of concerns about low buck-to-doe ratios in some areas," ...

Downtown deer that captivated bystanders killed by car in Vancouver September 14, 2015 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun 
... The little deer that wandered through downtown Vancouver, enchanting bystanders and causing traffic mayhem, has been hit by a car and killed... The young buck became a social media star with its own Twitter account ...
    Vancouver mourns (likely) death of downtown deer in Stanley Park car crash September 14, 2015 British Columbia, Georgia Straight
... Last July, a young deer captured Vancouver hearts when it took a stroll through the city’s downtown core. Now, we’re sad to report the animal has likely been killed...

Vancouver Police confirm officers were called to the Lions Gate Bridge around 7:30 last night after reports that a deer has been struck and killed by a car. - September 14, 2015


... and ordered to donate $5,000 to a wildlife trust ... The charter operator ran the boat along side the deer, and Baerg said that’s when Lopes hit the animal on the head with what was described as a jig or gaff in attempt to haul it on board...

Tried a peanut butter jar in the tree. Heard deer really like it....Well no deer at this site yet, but the moose seems to enjoy it. - September 6, 2015 Saskatchewan


New penalties for killing wild animals August 31, 2015 Manitoba, Winnipeg Sun
... The provincial government has added restitution fees, effective Monday, on top of existing court fines for those convicted of illegally killing wild game and fish.  This will add a fee of up to $10,000 per big game animal killed in conservation closure areas ...

August 30, 2015 Stanley Park, Vancouver B.C. Canada. This young male deer has been residing in Stanley Park since July 2015. Although many have come to enjoy seeing the parks newest resident others are becoming concerned for the deer's personal safety. It has been recently reported that this deer might be relocated.


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:  Estimated 2015 deer populations: 125,000 mule deer in Alberta, 100,000 to 168,000 mule deer and 98,000 to 157,000 black-tailed deer in British Columbia, 30,000 to 60,000 mule deer in Saskatchewan, 1,000 mule deer in the Yukon.    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 Nova Scotia deer harvest was down 28.4 percent from fall 2014 to 2015.
     The New Brunswick 2015 deer population was down to about 65,000 in 2015 due to starvation from a harsh winter.   Winter mortality in 2014 reduced the herd by about 15,000, putting the population at about 75,000 in 2014.  About 90,000 in 2013 and into early 2014, down from about 110,000 in 2007, but up from 2012.  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. 

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- 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)‎