Canada Deer News

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

White-tailed Deer Buck in Winter Country (Alberta, Canada) - December 2, 2014


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

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

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

Central Saanich Farmers Want Funds for Deer Fencing - November 26, 2014



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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

Nuisance deer bow hunting rules raise safety concerns October 31, 2014 New Brunswick, CBC
... Gordon Gilmore says he recently saw a deer in distress on his property and when he went outside to investigate, he found a hunter.  Gilmore's land is not approved for deer hunting ... Gilmore says he's afraid for his safety and has started wearing an orange vest ...

Silver Place, Wounded deer worries residents October 31, 2014 British Columbia, Castanet 
... Residents of Silver Place contacted Castanet to report the deer's condition had worsened and the wound from the arrow had caused significant damage to the animal, contrary to what was previously thought... hat looked like an arrow was sticking out of its hind leg ...

Oak Bay, To cull or not to cull is a legal question October 24, 2014 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... In 2006, the City of Ottawa implemented an aggressive public-awareness campaign, rather than culling, to reduce vehicle collisions caused by deer. Ottawa found that deer-vehicle collisions decreased from about 900 to 600 a year after two years of public awareness... 

Oak Bay mayoral candidates debate sewage, deer issues October 23, 2014 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... challenger Cairine Green, currently a councillor ... said she wants to re-evaluate Oak Bay’s participation in the Capital Regional District deer management strategy, using new information and scientific evidence. “If elected mayor, I would push the pause button,” ... Jensen said that if re-elected, “I will not push the pause button.” A cull is the only answer ...

Grand Forks, Consider careful the referendum question on the deer cull October 21, 2014 British Columbia, The Boundary Sentinel 
... Every ardent hunter in the East Boundary is well aware that both the mule and whitetail deer populations on their historic range have declined dramatically since the mid nineties... Support for a deer cull in the city will be a political statement used to continue the destruction of the Boundary deer herd which for decades was the largest in our province...

Insights into integrating cumulative effects and collaborative co-management for migratory tundra caribou herds in the Northwest Territories, Canada [clicking on this link will download a PDF file] A Gunn, D Russell, L Greig - Ecology and Society, 2014
...  since the mid-1990s, the Bathurst herd has declined by approximately 90%, leading to severe harvest restrictions. More mines are being proposed and developed across the herd’s annual range, raising questions about cumulative effects. Despite progress on assessment techniques, aboriginal groups are expressing strong concerns and frustration about gaps in responsibilities for who should monitor, mitigate, and manage cumulative effects. The core of the concern is sustainability and the related trade-offs between industrial developments relative
to continued access to healthy caribou for harvesting. 

... From an initial three animals that braved strong currents to swim there over a decade ago, the number has grown to 46 according to an aerial survey in 2012 ... Government biologists estimate that the optimal number of whitetail deer for a land area the size of the islands would be three [let's see the math]

... Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer and elk across 11 U.S. states as well as in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Alberta's first case was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in September 2005, in several locations along the Saskatchewan border... "It's spreading more aggressively than ever and it holds a potential huge risk," ...

Deer left to rot by mailbox October 17, 2014 British Columbia, Castanet 
... A dead deer has been carefully wrapped in clear plastic, duct-taped and left to rot near mailboxes in the Anarchist mountain area, leaving residents dumbfounded ...  conservation will not come get the deer, as it is not their responsibility, but residents can call the road maintenance department or remove it themselves...

Oak Bay, Deer report has no effect on plan to cull October 17, 2014 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... Oak Bay will stay the course on a deer cull pilot project ... “I think we need to vet the pros and cons through a public process,” Copley said.  Oak Bay are “loners in this pilot project,”  ... Read the staff report [PDF]

Rare white deer turning heads near Halifax October 10, 2014 Nova Scotia, CTV News 
... The white deer, known as a piebald, gets its white fur from a rare genetic mutation. Halifax-area residents have spotted the little white fawn and its mother wandering around town...

Deer freed from tangle in Maple Ridge October 2, 2014 British Columbia, The News
... The male deer had been spotted for several weeks in the wooded areas off Fern Crescent in Maple Ridge, with his antlers and neck wrapped in yards of blue rope.  Conservation officer Cody Ambrose finally managed to tranquilize the buck in an empty lot near Wild Play park ...

... This study tested whether or not damage to soybean from white-tailed deer could be reduced by field-edge plantings, while increasing the abundance of predatory ground beetles in the same soybean fields and subsequently reducing numbers of soybean aphid, Aphis glycines, on soybean plants... The two treatments in 2013 were: alfalfa + red clover + orchard grass and soybean (control). Deer grazing damage to soybeans was significantly lower in areas adjacent to a legume + orchard grass field edge planting....

Oak Bay, Where’s the humanity? September 3, 2014, British Columbia, Oak Bay News
...  In place of a cull, I suggest we try to coexist with the deer – with the use of effective contraception, road signs that help prevent deer-vehicle collisions, fencing, and deer-resistant plants. -

Elk, cougar, mule deer affected by new regulations August 30, 2014 British Columbia, BC Local News 
... For elk, there have been heavy restrictions put in place for antlerless — cow and calf — hunting opportunities in the south trench area stretching from Canal Flats to the U.S. border. "Those changes are to reduce the harvest on cow or calf elk because we had population decline by about 35 per cent over the last five years ... Mule deer are also facing restrictions ... concerns from some people about low buck ratios ...

A mule deer visits my camp site at the Blue Rock campground in Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta. - September 1, 2014



Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers August 29, 2014 British Columbia, The Castlegar Source 
... Cougar sightings and complaints have increased dramatically because the population of their primary prey species, the deer have declined significantly and what few deer are alive are close to human habitation.  Contrary to the many media stories of urban deer problems both the whitetail and mule deer on their historic range are in serious population decline...

... The province has banned moose hunting in more areas of west-central Manitoba to protect a declining population... 

Thunder Bay, You Can Now Hunt Deer In the City of Thunder Bay August 29, 2014 Ontario, VICE 
... the city of Thunder Bay released its Deer Management Strategy, which allows permitted and licensed hunters, between September 1st and December 15th, to hunt deer on private property within the city of Thunder Bay... 

PETA takes aim at Kennebecasis deer hunting pilot project August 27, 2014 New Brunswick, CBC 
... Under the project, 200 hunting permits will be earmarked for private properties in the Kennebecasis area. Most will require hunting with a bow... PETA sent an email alert to nearly 60,000 Canadian members asking them to voice concerns over the new hunting program in the area ... Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll has received hundreds of emails, but the impact has been minimal...

... Scientists studying the ravaged caribou habitat of Alberta's northwestern foothills say they have found so much disturbance from decades of industrial use that restoration will have to be selective... About five per cent of range for the Little Smoky and a la Peche caribou herds remains undisturbed -- a long way from the federal government's 65 per cent target...

Controversy over possible deer cull in N.B. August 14, 2014 New Brunswick, Atlantic CTV News 
... it looks as if a deer cull is on the way for New Brunswick’s Kennebecasis Valley... “To do it with bow hunters is ludicrous,” says opponent Peter Little. “It is absolutely the most cruel way to kill an animal.”

Deer cull proposed for Kennebecasis Valley August 13, 2014 British Columbia, MSN
...  Rothesay mayor Bill Bishop said decisions about a cull are outside town council's area of expertise... DNR has asked each community to talk to landowners and come up with an approved list of places where deer can be killed...

New Four Coin Series Features White-Tailed Deer August 8, 2014 Canada, Coin Update 
... The Royal Canadian mint have launched a new series of collector coins which feature designs of one of Canada’s national symbols from its wildlife, the white-tailed deer, which is the smallest member of the deer family in North America but also the most widespread...

Nova Scotia deer herds may be growing August 6, 2014 The Chronicle Herald 
... evidence from the department’s spring survey of pellets, or droppings, shows that deer density is going up in five or six of the 12 hunting zones in the province...  with mild winters like those prior to 2013-14, “you have greater survival rates for the younger females so you get a situation like this where you have a lot of does in their productive years.” ...

Atikokan,  Growing in-town deer population has Atikokan Council worried July 28, 2014 Ontario, Atikokan Progress 
... Council discussed the possibility of some sort of deer cull in Atikokan. The MNR has never allowed an urban deer cull, but it has supported municipal efforts to encourage deer hunting...  Harvard instructor Tamara Awerbuch, who studied the deer tick in Massachucetts, says the key factor in the rise of Lyme disease may be mice – the preferred host of the deer tick for its larvae and nymphs. It’s mice, not deer, that carry the Lyme disease bacteria ...

Cranbrook applies for cull permit July 17, 2014 British Columbia
BC Local News 
... Cranbrook will be applying for a wildlife permit to cull up to 50 deer in 2014... it would likely be up to the next sitting council to approve any culls, as there is a municipal election coming in November...

Oak Bay, More Oak Bay deer cull concerns July 17, 2014 British Columbia, BC Local News
...  the mayor stated that 23 deer carcasses were picked up by public works crews already.  According to statistics from Oak Bay’s public works from the end of August 2013 there were only nine involving vehicles.  This year, until the end of May, there have been 15 deer deaths but only six from car accidents ...

Blainville, Quebec town overrun by deer after seniors set up feeders July 16, 2014 Sun News Networt
... "Feeding the deer was an activity," Johanne Gravel, deputy director of the residence ... she complied with a city order to halt the feeding, which left her residents "greatly disappointed."

Rare piebald deer spotted in South Bar July 15, 2014 Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Post
...  A white deer with black and brown patches walked through the lens of photographer Levon Drover in South Bar in late May... It's a rare genetic condition ...

Cumulative effects of chronic deer browsing and clear-cutting on regeneration processes in second-growth white spruce stands M Barrette, L Bélanger, L De Grandpré, JC Ruel - Forest Ecology and Management, 2014
.. the cumulative effect of chronic deer browsing and recent clear-cutting on regeneration processes of mature second-growth white spruce stands has not yet been evaluated. ... Our results indicate regeneration failure in both ecosystems, which can be explained by a lack of suitable rotten logs for sufficient establishment of white spruce seedlings... We propose shelterwood cuttings that create nurse logs should be investigated to maintain white spruce stands without planting...

Understanding the Paradox of Deer Persisting at High Abundance in Heavily Browsed Habitats  SL Saout, S Chollet, S Chamaillé-Jammes, L Blanc… - Wildlife Biology, 2014
... Here we take advantage of a well-documented, long-term study of abundant predator-free populations of black-tailed deer Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis on the Haida Gwaii archipelago (Canada) ...  Resources are provided by a flux of hardly visible plant tissue produced by perennial species highly tolerant of herbivory and able to survive via underground structures ... 

OAK BAY letter: Spend on roads not on cull July 1, 2014 British Columbia, Victoria News
... Why is this mayor so hell-bent on killing deer? ... Why not take my tax dollars and pave some of these ox paths we called roads? ...

Oak Bay, There’s more to do before culling deer June 29, 2014 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... The Oak Bay council has introduced stricter feeding bylaws, higher fence regulations and some public education via pamphlets from the Capital Regional District, yet has been reluctant to do anything about signs, especially on Cadboro Bay Road where the deer-vehicle incidents are the highest ... From my understanding, the number of complaints from deer destroying gardens is minimal. It is the motor vehicle incidents that are the problem... Why is this mayor so determined to go ahead with a cull ...

Oak Bay, Theft of traps thwarts Oak Bay deer cull plan June 24, 2014 British Columbia, Times Colonist · 
... A theft of deer traps in Cranbrook this past winter has thrown a curve into Oak Bay’s plans for an urban deer cull.  “It appears that the province no longer has the ability to supply the traps that are required to conduct the cull program,” Mayor Nils Jensen said Monday...

Application period begins for antlerless deer draw June 23, 2014 New Brunswick, The Sackville Tribune Post 
... "Due to the severity of last winter and the resulting losses in the deer herd, the number of permits available for antlerless deer hunters is being reduced by about 20 per cent compared to last fall's hunt ... Reducing the permits allows for more breeding, which helps grow the deer population." ...

Removing young deer an offence June 21, 2014 British Columbia, The Morning Star
... The Ministry of Environment recently charged three people with possession of fawns.  
“No one is allowed to pick up wildlife without permission,” ...

... "It's just perfect deer salad," Burrows said of his soybean crop... Farmers can get a permit to shoot nuisance deer. Burrows said not only is it difficult to get a permit, any deer meat must be processed — on the farmer's dime — and donated to Feed Nova Scotia...

.. "Due to the severity of last winter and the resulting losses in the deer herd, the number of permits available for antlerless deer hunters is being reduced by about 20 per cent ... In March, New Brunswick's total deer population stood at about 90,000, Joe Kennedy, a provincial deer biologist, had told CBC News. But he predicted a 15 per cent winter mortality rate — about 13,000 deer...

... Suddenly, an animal's cry was heard. It was a fawn, being chased around a tree by a fox.  The photographer and some members of the wedding party decided to intervene, chasing the fox into the nearby woods...

Fence out the deer and coyotes, say Okanagan fruit growers June 13, 2014 British Columbia, Kelowna Daily Courier 
... While municipalities debate whether to kill the critters, the BCFGA is pushing a more humane solution – deer fencing that surrounds a group of orchards.  “You cooperate with neighbours. If you have three or four orchards, you go around the perimeter of all four with fencing. You don't need to run up the sides of each property,” Steele said...

UVic research indicates B.C.’s island wolves prefer their mellow habitat June 10, 2014 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun 
... British Columbia has two breeds of wolves, the ferocious mainland animals that compete with grizzly bears for food and territory, and the laid-back island variety that prefers their terrain predator-free while scavenging the sea shore ...  a genetic separation that over time has seen the coastal wolves breed more frequently with each other than their deer-hunting, grizzly-loathing relatives on the mainland....

Lake Country, Newborn baby deer rescued after mother dies May 28, 2014  British Columbia, Global News 
... Jane Doe was found in a cherry orchard with her deceased mother located nearby... taken to the Tri Lake Animal Hospital in Lake Country by an official from the Okanagan Humane Society... The hospital has put a request into the B.C. Wildlife Branch in Vancouver to see if it can take her in, but late Wednesday afternoon learned that request was denied... [see video below]

Dr. Linda Kaplan and the staff at Tri Lake Animal Hospital brought a little Bambi who lost its mother back to life - May 29, 2014



District of Invermere to apply for deer cull permit May 23, 2014 British Coliumbia, Columbia Valley Pioneer
... Council members passed a resolution at their Thursday, May 15th council meeting authorizing district staff to submit a deer cull permit to Service BC to cull no more than 30 deer a year with a capped cost of $30,000 per year....

Changes To White-Tailed Deer Hunting May 19, 2014 Manitoba, Portage Online
... Deer populations across the area have seen a decline this year due to heavy snow and prolonged periods of cold temperatures... we're going to be making a couple more changes to foster the recovery of deer populations. One of those is to go with a bucks-only bag limit for the regular seasons....

Deer hunters just have to buck up: a doe is a no go May 16, 2014 Manitoba, Brandon Sun
... The coldest winter in 116 years caused a 30 to 40 per cent mortality rate... Hunting for white-tailed deer has been limited to antlered bucks (antlers four inches or higher) ... A combination of exposure and a lack of food has dropped the population down to between 80,000 and 100,000....

... Owners must follow legal requirements that include prohibition on selling deer meat, tagging the animals, and keeping deer within fences that meet standards...

Deer cull proves popular option in Cranbrook May 14, 2014 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... Cranbrook respondents were overwhelmingly in support of the city undertaking further culls to control and manage the deer population, with 70 per cent (642) in favour and 30 per cent (276) not in favour...

Hunters avoid charges for Facebook deer video May 13, 2014 Saskatchewan, News Talk 980 CJME 
... The video appeared to show a person riding a wounded deer on a toboggan down a hill. The deer had just been shot...  it was the prosecutions opinion that there was not a reasonable likelyhood of conviction ...

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Alberta, Canada MJ Pybus, M Ravi, C Pollock - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2014
... Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus serotype 2 was identified by reverse-transcription (RT)-PCR in a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) found dead in southern Alberta in September 2013. Field observations indicate at least 50 deer, primarily white-tailed deer, and three pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) died during a suspected localized EHD outbreak...

Two deer dead after being caught in Banff corral May 13, 2014 Alberta, Calgary Herald 
... It’s unknown whether the deer starved or suffered from capture myopathy, a lethal condition in wildlife caused by stress...  it’s also unclear how long the deer were in the corral, but the dead deer was already being eaten by scavengers...

... The six reindeer, also known as caribou, were seen floating down the Porcupine River in Old Crow, Yukon ... luckily for these animals their large hooves enable them to paddle through water, meaning they will be able return to safety when the ice block melts...

Oak Bay needs to be more clear on deer education May 8, 2014 British Columbia, Victoria News
... According to the CRD website, the most dangerous spot in Oak Bay is Cadboro Bay Road by the golf course.  High trees on one side and tall hedges on the residential side make it almost impossible to see deer except at the last moment.  Travelling to the university over the years I have not seen any changes in measures to prevent deer accidents on that road...

Short Hills Provincial Park, Deer hunt opponents want support May 6, 2014 Ontario, St. Catharines Standard
... The photos in her presentation purport to show a wounded deer on neighbouring private property, a native hunter who was in its pursuit, signs at the edge of her property warning to Keep Out, and Zavitz having a “heated” conversation with a Ministry of Natural Resources official.  Two of the photos are of what she said are MNR officials investigating the trajectory of an arrow impaled in a tree on her property...

Oak Bay, Deer-cull plan is ill-advised May 6, 2014 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Oak Bay, like other communities in B.C., subscribe to the misconception that getting rid of deer will get rid of human-deer conflicts. It is an expensive mistake, one that has proven disastrous in other municipalities. Nature abhors a vacuum; removing deer will only allow those remaining to increase their offspring and will open the door to neighbouring deer... 

McDougall residents give deer a helping hand May 6, 2014 Ontario, London Community News 
... The province frowns upon feeding deer throughout the winter, but that didn’t stop some from helping the creatures through the harsh weather... “In areas where you don’t feed them, they’re all starving,” said Desmasdon last week ... Several residents and a local community group help the two men by dropping off food and making financial contributions...

... The largest of all the deer species, moose ... Moose can be easily domesticated, according to wildlife biologist Vince Crichton ...  “When he was not looking I would sneak away, only to have him come running to find me.” ... a moose ranch in Yaksha, Russia, where moose milk is collected for hospitals to use as an aid in curing digestive disorders...

Manitoulin deer management group recommends 30% deer tag reduction April 30, 2014 Ontario, Manitoulin Expositor
... most Islanders will have seen this scenario at least once—a pitiful looking creature passing for a deer stumbling along Manitoulin and LaCloche roadsides, seemingly oblivious to the traffic in their search for greenery. This sad picture is what remains of Manitoulin’s deer herd ...  a loss of between 25-30 percent of deer ...

Oak Bay, Safety at the heart of deer control April 29, 2014 British Columbia, Victoria News
...  Oak Bay has strengthened municipal bylaws to discourage deer from settling in our neighbourhoods, These changes include increased fencing height allocations and increased fines for feeding deer. Fines of $300 will now be levied for feeding deer in Oak Bay. In addition, we are continuing to support deer resistant planting choices in our park and garden areas, and we are employing the use of deer repellents ...

Oak Bay, Trapping deer is inhumane April 29, 2014 British Columbia, BCLocalNews.com
... Despite what you state on the Oak Bay website and contrary to the provincial experts comments, the cclover trap method is extremely cruel...

Brampton Guardian 
... “It’s been a hard winter; they’re looking for any type of food they can get,” said Ms. Tavares. On the move to new feeding grounds, deer have been known to cross roads and cut through backyards. Since they travel in groups for the first few months of spring, noticing one deer may be a sign there are more deer coming...

... in Ontario’s Wildlife Management Unit 68B. We have one of the lowest deer populations in Ontario, and we have to be conservative with deer harvest because of the hard winters. In this unit, a hunter has a 63 percent chance of drawing an antlerless tag each year. I’m lucky if I have 6 to 10 deer per square kilometer (2 to 4 per square mile)...

... the mayor said there is evidence poachers had been targeting deer along Anse-a-l’Orme Road in recent months. She said bushels of hay were placed along the roadside to attract deer, which were then killed by bow and arrow....

Kenora, More dog attacks on deer April 12, 2014 Ontario, Kenora Daily Miner and News 
... The deer was ravaged badly in the upper neck and head area with signs of a prolonged struggle in the bloodied snow... Mayor Dave Canfield said that dealing with the dogs remains a tricky proposition because the city only has two animal control officers ...

... In the Cypress Hills of southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan, Canada ... The average longevity for male elk in the Cypress Hills was 2.02 (SE = 0.51) years after surviving their first year of life. ,,

10 deer killed on Metro Vancouver highway in one month April 10, 2014 British Columbia, Vancouver Sun
...  it opened just one month ago, the South Fraser Perimeter Road has become a highway of death for black-tailed deer ... while concrete highway dividers may be "great for keeping vehicles from colliding with one another," they also serve as a deterrent to safe crossings by wildlife ...

... Three hooves hastily left poking out of a city garbage bin outside Princess Falls has at least one resident wondering who could be potentially poaching deer in the parkland that backs onto the Chedoke Expressway... "Leaving the remains in a dumpster does not violate our legislation," said Jolanta Kowalski, a spokesperson for the ministry ...

The Impact Of Lower Deer Populations April 9, 2014 Manitoba, Portage Online 
... The Manager of Regional Wildlife Programs in Manitoba has noted the harsh winter and deep snow could reduce the number of deer in the province this year ... 

Data:  The harsh winter of 2014 reduced many deer populations. The population is down to around 80,000 to 100,000 in Manitoba. The New Brunswick deer population was about 90,000 in 2013 and into early 2014, down from about 110,000 in 2007, but up from 2012.  Winter mortality in 2014 reduced the herd by about 15,000, putting the population at about 75,000 in 2014.  Antlerless permits in New Brunswick have been reduced by about 20 percent.  The deer population in Ontario peaked in about 2004, deer populations are half or less, falling from 10 to 12 deer per square kilometer to 4 or 5, partially a result of severe winter weather.  About 400,000 in 2014 for Ontario.  About 45,00 to 65,000 deer on Victoria Island in 2011 according to B.C. Ministry of Environment. 

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

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

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