Canada Deer News

Judgement laid in the Kazakoff vs Taft case May 4, 2017 British Columbia, Invermere Valley Echo
...  Mr. Taft commented on an online news site labeling Kazakoff as a “convicted felon.” The comment was made after Kazakoff pleaded guilty in 2015 to tampering with deer traps in Kimberley... Mr. Kazakoff is entitled to receive $50,000 for general damages, $25,000 for aggravated damages, totalling a fee of $75,000 to be paid by Mr. Taft...

UWSS defends deer count May 3, 2017 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
   According to the City of Cranbrook, Urban Deer Management Annual Report 2015/16, in Nov. 2010 they counted 101 deer and held their first cull in 2011.  After five years of culling the deer, in November 2015, the annual count identified 137 deer, the highest number since their counts began in 2010....

Short Hills deer hunt cost $39,900 May 3, 2017 Ontario, St. Catharines Standard
... The province spent $39,900 to run the 2016 aboriginal deer hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park — almost dollar to dollar the amount of the year before... 46 deer were harvested over three weekends in November and December. That’s up from 39 deer in 2015 and 21 deer in 2014...

... In central B.C., moose populations have recently declined 50 to 70 per cent. Several central and southern caribou populations continue to decline, despite decades long hunting bans...

... A member of the Gore Bay Fish and Game Club says he is disappointed with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) position that it will continue to discourage and prevent supplemental feeding of deer even when severe conditions in the winter put deer in peril...

Cranbrook, 15 deer killed in Cranbrook cull provide meat for community March 29, 2017 British Columbia, CTV News
... Thirteen mule deer and two white tail deer were euthanized after being caught in baited boxes known as clover traps...

Efforts underway to assist elk and deer until springtime March 25, 2017 British Columbai, The Free Press
... the province was investing $40,000 to mitigate the drastic impacts of one of the region’s harshest winters ...  to purchase hay to feed elk and deer in strategic locations around the East Kootenay... many ungulate populations are in long-term decline...

... "What we hope to do is use an immuno-contraceptive that's a long-term. If we could develop the vaccine properly, it could last for as long as four to five years. This would be a much more efficient way of reducing population levels." ... Steve Huxter of the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society.

East Kootenay Relocation study tracks local deer, variable results March 17, 2017 British Coliumbia, Columbia Valley Pioneer
... Of the seven with radio collars, two have since been killed by predators (one likely by wolves in Upper Findlay Creek), three went up into the alpine near the release site and then returned to lower winter range in the Findlay Flats-Lavington area in the fall, and the other two each made separate long solo journeys ...

Research project will see deer fitted with GPS collars March 17, 2017 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... The provincial government is giving Oak Bay $20,000 to outfit 20 deer with GPS tracking collars and install 40 motion-sensor cameras to photograph the animals as they wander its trails. This is the beginning of a plan to reduce the number of deer through the use of birth-control drugs...
Oak Bay scores provincial funds to count deer March 16, 2017 British Columbia, Oak Bay News (registration)
... “I’m very pleased with the province providing the funds to assist the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society to lead a unique approach to managing the deer population and also trying to understand the behaviour of deer in our urban environment,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen...

Update provided for East Kootenay Deer Translocation trial February 28, 2017 British Columbia, Kimberley Bulletin
... We had some initial predation, mostly by cougar ... Three deer died in the late autumn of unknown causes, possibly related to poor nutrition... So far the mortality rate for the  collared deer that were released last year is about 50 per cent, while it’s only 20 per cent for collared non-urban mule deer... [this is the first trial, other cases show experience improves survival] 

Elkford council votes against deer cull February 25, 2017 British Columbia, The Free Press
...  a factor in the decision not to pursue a cull was the town's Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee’s recommendation to wait until the results of a translocation project are released this year... 60 deer relocated from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Invermere and Elkford in February and March of 2015. Twenty-nine of the deer were fitted with radio collars ...

... A dog that chased a mule deer onto the Yukon River ... he female deer may have suffered from exertional myopathy, a condition where physiological changes caused by stress damage muscle tissue. It is almost always fatal...

Capture of Free-Ranging Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) with a Combination of Medetomidine, Azaperone and Alfaxalone A Mathieu, N Caulkett, PM Stent, HM Schwantje - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2017
... The major side effects of the combination were hypoxemia and hypercapnia. The combination of medetomidine, azaperone, and alfaxalone proved suitable for the immobilization of urban and nonurban free-ranging MD ...

Cranbrook, Province confirms deer cull underway January 31, 2017 British Columbia, BC Local News
...The last cull occurred a year ago when the city reported 20 deer were killed over a six-week period. Last year's cull cost $10,374 ...

Elkford, Possibility of another deer cull divides mountain town January 30, 2017 British Columbia, The Free Press
...  after having been approved for up to $10,000 in provincial funds to harvest up to 50 mule deer, some residents of the quiet mountain town are fearful that another cull could once again divide the community... “A lot of people don’t want to voice their opinion just because they’re afraid of being ostracized socially here,” ...

Pentiction, Deer cull not likely January 20, 2017 British Columbia, Pentiction Western News
... the cougar family was hunting urban deer in Penticton for a few weeks ...Penticton has attempted to follow the province’s process to be allowed to cull deer, but in the end public opposition and the threat of lawsuits caused city hall to drop the idea...

Elkford turns to residents for urban deer answers January 15, 2017 British Columbia, The Free Press
... During February and March of last year, 60 deer were relocated from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Invermere and Elkford. Twenty-nine of the deer were fitted with radio collars to allow monitoring of their movements and survival rates... early results show the survival rates of the collared animals have been comparable to the general deer population...

Manitoulin, Winter conditions having minimal impacts on Island deer thus far January 13, 2017 Ontario, manitoulin.ca
... For now people can help out the deer by breaking trails from one food source to another ...  If we have 90 days of 20 or more inches of snow on the ground that is when you see deer losses ... In terms of breaking browse for deer ...  this isn’t needed at this point... [breaking tree and shrub branches down to where deer can eat them is an effective way to provide a quick winter supplemental food source]

Point Pelee National Park to close for deer cull January 11, 2017 Ontario, CBC.ca
... 41 deer were harvested during a cull at the park in 2016 and another 72 in 2015...

These lovely animals are gathering in the woods but they are being driven out of their homes and into other areas because of all the development and destruction in the Westshore. - January 9, 2017


  Waterford, Deer cams prove popular January 8, 2017 Ontario, 
simcoereformer.ca
... the Waterford deer park ... Since two webcams were installed at the end of 2015, 40,000 Internet users around the world have clicked on to see what the animals are up to... English fallow deer ... 14 bucks and 13 females... 

Annual deer hunt must be conducted responsibly January 1, 2017 Ontario, Hamilton Spectator
... the DMAC recognized that accurate data was required if the HCA was going to get into deer management. Since that report was issued, one aerial census in 2013 was performed and no system for ground-based counts has been implemented...  The 2013 aerial deer census showed a 40 per cent decline in deer numbers between 2009 and 2013 in the Dundas Valley ...  the HCA continues to tell the public that "the deer are still abundant." ...

Grey wolf selection for moose calves and factors influencing prey species consumption in southeastern Manitoba [link will download a PDF] T Naaykens, J Roth, D Dupont - Proceedings of Manitoba's Undergraduate Science …, 2016
... Wolves hunting in a pack were more likely to consume moose than solitary wolves,
while solitary wolves were more likely to consume other non-ungulate prey. Solitary wolves were more likely to eat deer in areas where deer were more abundant, but we found no difference in consumption of moose by solitary wolves between areas of greater moose abundance...

  Man saves Deer from Red Deer River (video) December 28, 2016 Alberta, drumhellermail.com
... shows the Doe's entire Body submerged under icy water as the man waded into the river through the ice. He then gets around behind the deer which motivates the deer to head towards shore...

More deer will be translocated from East Kootenay communities this winter December 20, 2016 British Columbia, Kimberley Bulletin
... the pilot study, while not over, has been very successful so far. If translocation is used in the future, he [Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick] says that it is expected that costs would be similar to euthanizing.   An expensive part of the current study was the radio collars for some of the translocated deer. Those are not necessary once the study is complete...

Deer in water encounters killer whales off BC coast December 19, 2016 British Columbia, CBC.ca
... Once the orcas left the area, Malleson used his Zodiac to herd the deer back to shore.  "It felt good getting the buck back to safety," he said. "He seemed pretty tired." ...

A stunning sight for whale watchers in Victoria, British Columbia. A deer swimming with killer whales in the water.


Oak Bay, B.C. town considers deer contraceptive to control animals eating up gardens December 15, 2016 British Columbia, The Chronicle Journal
... Huxter said a serum that was once available in Canada is no longer manufactured, so the group may try to get a different one from Montana, where Alberta obtains a contraceptive serum used to control a population of wild horses... in talks with a lab in Victoria ...
     Oak Bay deer management funding delayed December 14, 2016 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... Oak Bay applied ... to contract with the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society to develop and implement a deer reduction plan using fertility control... would cover a first phase, including population modelling, GPS tracking for 10 deer, a deer count and enhancement of a new immuno-contraceptive...

Esquimalt residents willing to pay to keep deer under control December 13, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... More than half (59 per cent) of respondents would be willing to contribute increased annual taxes to fund a program of deer management ... Participants were not polled specifically about their appetite for a cull...

Manitoba Deer Population And Spotlighting Charges Increase This Hunting Season December 12, 2016 Manitoba, PembinaValleyOnline.com
... There were a few pockets where they maybe haven't rebounded...  the province changing over the harvesting regulations to bucks only, which gives the does a few extra years... to produce offspring ... The other thing is just the better winters. The last number of years, winters have been pretty good...
... The city has also experimented with relocation programs, tagging and moving 13 deer out of the city in 2016... The deer took to the relocation better than expected, but several have already ended up back in town.  "They were moved over 50 kilometres away from Invermere into the backcountry, [but] at least four of those deer have returned to Invermere," ...

Oak Bay denied funds for deer birth control December 11, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... The stewardship society, founded last year, previously lobbied for the use of SpayVac, a contraceptive vaccine, but that vaccine is no longer produced in Canada.  Now, the society is working with a lab that could produce a new immuno-contraceptive, said Steven Huxter, the society’s project manager. An alternative is a vaccine called ZonaStat-H, being used on wild horses in Alberta...

Province funds deer cull December 9, 2016 British Coluimbia, Castanet
... Cranbrook will receive a $19,900 grant to study the feasibility of relocating problem deer that have taken up residence in urban environments...

... The deer are attempting to get to a deer yard where they spend most of their winter, but many aren’t surviving the Northwest Miramichi River crossing...  falling through the ice, or slipping and splaying their legs.  “When they splice, their legs go to the sides and do a lot of internal damage, and they can no longer walk ...

A large number of deer have been dying after falling through the thin ice of the Miramichi River.


... $11.5-million for a University of Alberta-led project that will focus on the genetic underpinnings of chronic wasting disease ... More than a quarter of the deer in some areas of Saskatchewan are now believed to be infected ...

... the ministry will make a special exception and grant the family a permit to keep May, given the unique circumstances of the case... She's housetrained, and often sits on a big cushion and watches TV with them...
... The ministry ... said it's possible to keep white-tailed deer in captivity in Quebec with required permits, but those permits appear to be strictly for breeding, game ranch or agricultural purposes...
     Quebec family fights to keep its pet deer November 30, 2016 CBC
...  a deer they took into their home four years ago after its mother was hit by a car and killed.  Agents from Quebec's Ministry of Wildlife seized the deer, whom the family named May, from the home on Monday after an anonymous complaint...

Short Hills, Tensions high at Short Hills Provincial Park ahead of Haudenosaunee deer hunt November 28, 2016 Ontario, Channel Zero
...  anti-hunt demonstrators gathered outside Short Hills Provincial Park in Niagara during the annual Haudenosaunee deer hunt...  supporters say the activists are not respecting their right to hunt...

Moose, ungulate populations under fire in the Kootenay region November 23, 2016 British Columbia, The Nelson Daily-11 hours ago
... The B.C. government is further reducing the number of moose hunt permits in the province, including a huge drop in the West Kootenay, in order to put the brakes on the decline in moose population... Ungulate populations in the region are also dropping. Caribou (290), bighorn sheep (2,300), mountain goat (7,900) and mule deer (20,000) are considered in decline...

... We are seeking two PhD students to conduct dissertation research focused on how changing habitat conditions, predation, and competition affect mule deer demography in the Boundary Region of British Columbia. This region – located along the BC-WA state border – once supported British Columbia’s most productive mule deer population, but this population has not rebounded since declining in the 1970s...

Oak Bay, Birth control back on the table for deer November 18, 2016 Canada, Oak Bay News 
... “The survey showed that the community was divided around a cull and that there is no social license to carry out a lethal intervention to reduce deer. Managing the deer population with fertility control allows us to get past the ‘urban versus nature’ divide.” ...

There may be a type of caribou that science never noticed  November 16, 2016 Northwest Territories, 
BBC
...  Ecologists know about three groups of caribou in the Sahtú, each with a different lifestyle and habitat. But the Dene say there are four, and a new study may offer some support for their belief...

Oak Bay to be a partner in deer contraception plan November 16, 2016 British Coliumbia, Times Colonist
... Oak Bay plans to partner with the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society to run a deer contraception program in the municipality...

Rifle season on Manitoulin Island opens this Monday November 16, 2016 Ontario, Manitoulin Expositor
... “The deer population in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 43A is considered to be stable, with a slight population increase noted between 2010 and 2015,” continued Mr. Selinger. “In WMU 43B populations have been slowly increasing since 2011. Winter 2016 was very mild which should have made for good fawn recruitment this year...

Magnetawan hunter helping sustain local deer population November 9, 2016 Ontario, NorthBayNipissing.com
... It’s about providing a better habitat for the deer to try and improve their lot, especially in the winter time,” said Hetherington. “Our own habitat enhancement program here has involved opening up forested areas. We went in to the interior of the property and cleared small pockets of land, so we could plant crops that the deer can dig out of the snow and feed themselves.” ...
Nova Scotia cat forms unlikely friendship with family of deer November 8, 2016
UPI.com
... Corena Saunders posted a video to Facebook showing her cat, Benoit, playing with the mother deer and twin fawns in her Bible Hill back yard...

Niagara, Where is the respect in deer hunt? November 2, 2016 Ontario, Niagara This Week
... Niagara’s Short Hill Park hunt... motherless fawns perish over winter as reported by caring individuals finding bodies.  The public deserves to have all the hunt facts as taxpayers paying $63,000... a growing concern it is not if but when tragedy will happen with so many in the park with powerful weapons...

Oak Bay,  New poll shows majority in favour of deer cull in Oak Bay November 1, 2016 British Columbia, CTV Vancouver Island
... Just over 400 people weighed in on the issue, with 78 per cent saying they would support a deer cull... If we could translocate at a reasonable price we would clearly do that, but the province will not allow it at this point at any cost...

A whitetail doe and her button buck feed in the sorghum field. Filmed in Ottawa, Ontario - Canada. October 28, 2016


Part of Dundas Valley off-limits for deer hunt from Nov. 14 to Dec. 8 October 26, 2016 ONtario Hamilton Spectator
... in the hunt's first five years, taking 31, 37, 30, 35 and 32 deer respectively ... Aerial surveys ... the last one in February 2013 counting 266 in an 880-hectare section ...

Conservation officers say it's the first time a buck has physically attacked someone on the South Island. - October 26, 2016 British Columbia


Management of forest regeneration in boreal and temperate deer–forest systems: challenges, guidelines, and research gaps [PDF] Quebec, Ecosphere, 2016
... forest management practices that address adequately this issue, however, remains scarce and challenging because (1) large herbivores are both a resource and a source of disturbance; (2) the management of forests and ungulate populations remains largely disconnected in practice; and (3) we still lack a good understanding of the role of critical factors, especially deer densities, vegetation attributes, and their interactions, on the magnitude of browsing damages on forest regeneration...

Comparing resource selection and demographic models for predicting animal density Ontario, GM Street, AR Rodgers, T Avgar, LM Vander Vennen… - … of Wildlife Management, 2016
... We used RSPFs for moose (Alces alces) from 2 study sites and carrying capacities from 34 wildlife management units across northern Ontario, Canada, to create 2 estimators of moose density ...  Our findings suggest that selection-based population estimation is preferable to demographically based models because of increased precision of estimates, the immediacy of available data (e.g., single survey or radio-telemetry in multiple sites vs. many generations of population estimates in a time series across space), and the capacity to predict fine-scale patterns of distribution and abundance...

Oak Bay, Deer management up for debate this month October 7, 2016 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... council tasked staff with creating an estimate of what an attitude survey surrounding ungulates in the community could cost to create...

Deer captured or killed from Enderby farm October 7, 2016 British Columbia, Vernon Morning Star
... Conservation officers depopulated the approximately 30-deer Rivers Bend Fallow Deer Farm Thursday... “They (deer) are escaping on a regular basis which is causing a lot of complaints,” said Schwantje of the non-native species...

Oak Bay News 
...The province committed to creating an advisory committee and up to $100,000 for urban deer management projects ... "We anticipate at this point that applications for funding will be open starting next month and communities will have approximately one month to make the application..."

Low dollar attracting more American hunters to Saskatchewan September 27, 2016 CBC.ca
... "We've had two major winter events, which really decimated the white-tail population, and white tail is the primary target that a lot of American hunters might focus on Saskatchewan for," ...

Deer population's changes studied by NB, Maine researchers September 26, 2016 New Brunswick, CBC.ca
... the deer population has declined by 70 per cent in the past 30 years — from 270,000 in 1985 to 70,000 in 2014.  ... researchers and industry partners are beginning a three-year project to try and find out why... will use GPS data ...

... the plan is to work with the Transport Ministry to adapt currently existing culverts and bridges to make them safe and usable for animals looking to cross. Building entirely new infrastructure for wildlife would be a last resort due to costs...

The science of deer management September 23, 2016 Nova Scotia, NG News
... in the spring. In 2011 biologists in Nova Scotia estimated that the herd numbered 50,000 animals. This compared with an all-time high of 119,000 animals in 1986 to a low of 42,000 in 1995 ... Deer numbers are also monitored by DNR biologists through a deer droppings, or pellets survey ...

Deer on the move September 23, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... Last February and March, 60 mule deer were removed from Kimberley, Invermere, Elkford and Cranbrook and released at four locations with mule deer winter range throughout the East Kootenay. 29 of the 60 deer were fitted with GPS radio collars ... the collared, translocated deer are exhibiting a higher mortality rate (28.6%) than a study of non-urban mule deer (20% in 2015 and 14% in 2016)...

Road kill takes a terrible toll on wildlife September 17, 2016 British Columbia, Pentiction Western News
... B.C. Ministry of Transportation statistics show that almost 10,000 large animals are reported killed on provincial roads each year but they believe the actual number is perhaps three to four times larger with many injured animals wandering off the road to die ... About 80 per cent of the animals killed are deer while moose, elk and bear make up most of the remaining 20 per cent ...

'Bark Ranger' Helps Lick Dangerous Wildlife Encounters In National Park September 7, 2016 Alberta, Northeast Indiana Public Radio
...Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada ... started using collies in 2009 around aggressive deer protecting their newborn fawns. "Like, for everybody involved, the deer and the dogs, it only took a day or two to figure out what their role was, and after the first week, the deer really came to understand that that was the new reality in the town site," ... Within a few years, hostile encounters between deer and people in Waterton fell from 40 each season to just four...

St. Andrews considers trucking deer to northern NB September 7, 2016 New Brunswick, CBC.ca
... St. Andrews councillors are considering some radical ideas to get the over-abundant deer population under control, including transporting the animals to northern New Brunswick and using border collies to run the deer out of town... overall the deer population in New Brunswick has declined in New Brunswick 70 per cent over the past 30 years...

Biologists call on hunters to help fight deer disease September 6, 2016 British Columbia, Rossland Telegraph
... Sampling kills made by BC hunters here or in western Alberta will give biologists better information on how the disease [chronic wasting] is spread naturally, says Nelson. But she also says the ministry wants to make hunters aware how they can inadvertently help the disease move west.  “Not all infected animals look sick, they could be in healthy condition,” ...

KE Pigeon, M Anderson, D MacNearney, J Cranston… - Environmental Management, 2016
... Populations of boreal and southern mountain caribou in Alberta, Canada, are declining, and the ultimate cause of their decline is believed to be anthropogenic disturbance ... Management actions aimed at promoting natural regeneration and reduce ease-of-travel on legacy seismic lines within caribou ranges can be beneficial to caribou recovery in Alberta, Canada, and we therefore recommend restrictions of off-highway vehicles use on low vegetation, dry seismic lines in caribou ranges...

Wasting disease in Alberta a threat to BC: researcher September 6, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... The discovery of deadly chronic wasting disease in a wild deer near Edmonton is raising serious concerns for B.C. wildlife... CWD can be transmitted through infected saliva, urine, feces ... 

Deer wrapped in thick wire sought in Langley's Brookswood neighbourhood September 2, 2016 British Columbia, CBC.ca
... looking for a deer in Langley that has thick wire wrapped around its midsection. ... Anyone who sees the deer is asked to call Critter Care or the B.C. Conservation Service's RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277...

There is a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family. Moose populations are declining at an alarming rate. September 1, 2016


Two dogs sought in deadly attack on deer in Gordon Head August 31, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Staff arrived to find a buck so badly hurt that it had to be put down. The dogs, which looked like Samoyeds — fluffy and white — could not be found...

BC wary of deadly deer disease in Alberta August 29, 2016 British Columbia, Revelstoke Review
... Chronic wasting disease, a degenerative nervous system condition similar to so-called mad cow disease, has been discovered in an animal 30 kilometres southeast of Edmonton...  the furthest west ... that biologists have detected the deadly disease ...

Moose Near Sunnyside Newfoundland - August 24, 2016


Non-Resident Guide to Ontario Whitetail Deer in Ontario August 23, 2016 northernontario.travel
... The once burgeoning Ontario deer population of 20 years ago, including the popular destination of Manitoulin Island, has faltered slightly in the last decade, requiring extra attention from biologists and big-game managers. For example, whitetail numbers stumbled during the winter of 2008-2009 when record snowfalls were responsible for upwards of 30% winter die-off ...

... The effects of climate and land use change were isolated by comparing predictions under theoretical “no-change between decades” scenarios, for each factor, to predictions under observed climate and land use change. Climate changes led to more than 88%, by area, of the increases in probability of white-tailed deer presence across all decades. The distribution is predicted to extend 100 km further north across the northeastern Alberta boreal forest as climate continues to change over the first half of the 21st century...

... Antlered female deer are usually high in testosterone and fertile ... doe and its twin fawns came to visit her property in early August to eat some apples ...

A Doe and Fawn reunited August 22, 2016 Ontario, Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge
     A fawn fell down a deep window well and was unable to get out unassisted. It spent the whole night there, but after a frantic call from the home owners I was able to reunite the fawn with it's mother

Kenora, Targeted deer hunt about to commence August 22, 2016 Ontario, Daily Miner and News
... Kasprick said the process of shooting a deer with a bow and arrow was implemented to address the deer population problem within city limits. She added that  the deer hunting bylaw amendment has always faced criticisms but that’s true of anything new...

...The province is seeking input on expanding a proposed ban on the hunting and trapping of coyotes and wolves to several units surrounding Killarney Park in order to help protect the threatened Algonquin wolf population ... “it is going to be an uphill battle for the deer and moose populations.” ...

... the decline of deer populations due to widespread spraying of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup.  Environmentalist groups are calling for a ban on the use of glyphosate for "forest management" purposes, after it was revealed that deer populations in the province have been reduced by half since 2007...


... investigation by conservation officers showed a man had shot a white-tailed deer while it stood in a driveway...

'Stop Spraying New Brunswick' blames deer population decline on herbicides August 6, 2016 Globalnews.ca
... Members of the group “Stop Spraying New Brunswick ... said there’s a link between the fewer number of deer and the use of the herbicide glyphosate in forestry management ...  University of New Brunswick ... collaborating to investigate potential effects that forest management activities may have on deer population dynamics...

Nova Scotia farmer discovers scarecrows work on deer, too August 3, 2016 CBC.ca
... Daniels hammered together a couple of pieces of wood and stuck them at the end of the rows ... covered them in colourful clothing ... he tied bright orange ribbons on alternating rows. The deer disappeared immediately...
... A tough winter in 2014-2015 caused the province to lower doe kills last fall as a preemptive measure. "The deer harvest was reduced by 25 per cent," she said, which is an indicator that population numbers are down by 25 per cent as well...
     Nova Scotia deer hunt lottery set for Sept. 1 August 2, 2016 The Chronicle Herald
... a total of 6,200 antlerless deer hunting stamps for this fall's hunting season ... 

... Seventy-five wildlife officers began dismantling the ring on Dec, 5, 2012, which led to 26 arrests... night hunting and illegal possession of white-tailed deer or moose ...

Biologists monitoring mule deer July 20, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... a significant decline in mule deer populations ... probably related to quality of habitat ... project includes a pilot translocation study that moved 20 deer out of four East Kootenay communities, including Cranbrook, into more remote wintering ranges... 


East Kootenay, All eyes on Kootenay urban deer-relocation pilot as alternative to cull July 19, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... a $100,000 pilot program to relocate deer is underway... initial results are very promising ... One of the concerns with relocation was that the citified deer would be “predator naïve” and easy pickings for predators ... 29 were fitted with GPS radio collars ... very good success with the handling and moving ... predation rate seems comparable to or slightly higher than predation rates on a similar project run concurrently by provincial biologists on non-urban mule deer ...

Free-roaming deer at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - July 18, 2016


Baby deer having some traction issues on rocks after swimming across channel in the French River, Ont. Little help and he got away fine! good work guys! - July 7, 2016


Scientists use genomics to design healthier forests July 5, 2016 British Columbia, Business in Vancouver
...  project that could reduce costs for the forestry sector is using genomics to identify and selectively breed cedar trees that have more terpenes, chemicals that produce a bitter taste and can discourage deer from browsing on young saplings...

Canadians mistakenly delivering baby deer to shelters June 29, 2016
CBC.ca
... "When a fawn is born, they actually have very little body odour, so the mother puts it in a safe spot and the fawn instinctively stays still. It doesn't move," ... Let sleeping fawns lie, wildlife officials plead

Thunder Bay, Impact of deer hunting bylaw unknown, city maintains status quo June 22, 2016 Ontario, Tbnewswatch.com
... “The Licensing and Enforcement Division cannot quantify the impact that the City deer management strategy and hunting of deer by bow and arrow within the City limits may have on the overall deer population,” ...

What to do if you see a fawn this summer June 21, 2016 British Columbia, kelownanow.com
... mother deer will purposefully leave their fawns in hiding for periods of up to four hours,” Doyle said. “Every year, well-meaning people pick up ‘orphan fawns,’ believing them to be an orphan when they’re actually not, but they then become orphaned.” ...

Amazing video captures Crofton firefighters saving deer June 20, 2016 British Columbia, CHEK
... Father’s Day Sunday, a young deer became trapped between yards, pinned by rock and fence, and the quick thinking of firefighters setting out to save it have captured hearts all over their community...

... The regulated hunt was launched in September, 2012 ... City staff knew going into establishing the hunt that it would be difficult to measure its overall effect, Smith added, but were encouraged by its popularity in other municipalities.  "In no small part, the decision was made because we saw no harm," ...

Fawn-napping. What is it and why are wildlife custodians so concerned? Chantal Theijn, from Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge, explains why fawns (baby deer) are left for extended periods of time by their mothers, and what fawn-napping is. - June 19, 2016


Oak Bay, Many options available for deer management June 16, 2016 British Columbia, Oak Bay News, Kristy Kilpatrick
... We believe the vast majority of Oak Bay residents would like to move forward, cost-effectively and without resorting to killing animals needlessly. Council’s recent decision to adopt a plan first rather than throw money at some unidentified future solution could be a step in the right direction...


Fawn saved as tourist performs roadside C-section June 15, 2016 British Columbia, CBC.ca
... a pickup truck ahead of him struck a deer on Highway 16 ... "We saw the fawn's legs hanging out. We just did a caesarean on her," ... he called conservation officials, who advised him to take the fawn to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society ...

Moose Jaw Police rescue baby deer June 15, 2016  Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw Times-Herald
...  “We keep fawns until they are about a year old and then they’re released,” said Blager. “They’ll get weaned in the fall and we’ll keep them so they’re not released in the first hunting season ...

...  fined $500 for having harvested a deer in last fall’s annual deer hunt on Manitoulin Island and not taking the proper steps to make sure the meat did not go bad...

Moose hunters victims of their own success June 7, 2016 Ontario, NorthBayNipissing.com
... The most recent count was down 40 per cent from the previous one completed in 2010 with only 712 moose estimated in the territory compared to 1,179 in 2010... Hunter success with moose calves is being identified as a major reason for the drop in the population...

...  he spotted furry, pointy ears sticking out of the water ...  made it all the way to land near the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus ...

Don't touch fawns June 2, 2016 British Columbia, Castanet.net
... If the fawn is lying quietly and appears uninjured, the BC SPCA wants residents to know that is a normal occurrence, as a mother deer does leave her ...Don’t move the fawn, unless it is in a dangerous location such as the side of the road ...

...  We investigated whether digestive phenotypic variations could contribute to sustain the population of introduced white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Anticosti Island (Québec, Canada) facing a winter diet of low-quality forage. We compared digestive morphology and in vitro digestibility of winter forage to that of deer from the original mainland population. Deer on Anticosti Island had a higher ruminal volume and digesta load (43% and 62%, respectively), greater absorption surface of the ruminal papillae, and greater relative mass of all forestomachs than deer from the mainland...

Fish and Game Club seeks support on deer baiting concerns May 27, 2016 Ontario, Manitoulin Expositor
... The Little Current Fish and Game Club (LCFGC) has passed a motion ... in regards to their concerns on baiting deer practices being carried out on Manitoulin Island... Our club just feels this is unethical ... We have no problem with someone for instance putting out a pail of apples prior to the season, but not this large scale baiting....

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


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, a result of harsh weather, but more mild conditions in 2015-16. The population was estimated at 50,000 in 2011, an all-time high of 119,000 animals in 1986 to a low of 42,000 in 1995.
     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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