Canada Deer News
... 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 ... 

CWD confirmed in elk herd April 7, 2014 Saskatchewan, The Western Producter
... The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported on its website that an elk farm was confirmed as infected Feb. 3.  This brings the total number of domestic deer and elk herds in Canada to 71 since CWD was first documented in 1996...

Deer Population Expected To Be Down April 7, 2014 Manitoba, Portage Online 
... "In the southeast, we have had reports from folks who have said the deer numbers are down... The Manager of Regional Wildlife Programs in Manitoba expects the harsh winter will have had an impact on the deer population...

Cold weather takes toll on Nova Scotia wildlife April 4, 2014 Halifax Chronicle-Herald 
... Cape Breton has a much smaller deer population than some areas in the central and western mainland, said Pyke. Their numbers have been rebounding in recent years, but this winter’s hunger may reduce births this season ... The snow came very early here in Cape Breton and there was lots of it and there’s still lots of it,” ...

Deer climbs onto roof in Kenora April 3, 2014 Ontario, CBC 
...  wasn't eight tiny reindeer. But it was a deer .. Cathcart Rose said her job is now to dig out the snow to keep the deer from climbing up on the roof again.  She is worried it might fall through...

... Changes to elk farming regulations that could increase the risk of chronic wasting disease in Alberta are on the verge of being approved by the province without any consultation, says Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman...

Neighbourhood rescues deer trapped in pond April 2, 2014 Calgary, Northumberland Today 
... "It was tragic seeing her in the water, she was just stuck," said Patrick, 16... 

Neighbours come together to rescue deer in Bearspaw April 1, 2014, Alberta, Calgary CTV News 
... the group of neighbours managed to guide the animal to the edge of the ice and get tow ropes around her neck and help her out...

... Joe Kennedy, New Brunswick's provincial deer biologist, predicts a 15 per cent winter mortality rate amounting to approximately 13,000 animals...

Humans not superior to deer March 25, 2014 British Columbia, Victoria News ·
... To those who say that wild animals do not belong in an urban environment, I would suggest that they move to downtown Toronto or Los Angeles. British Columbia has always been a natural treasure with its forests and wildlife...

MNR says dogs will be shot March 25, 2014 Ontario, Soo Today 
... Conservation officers are hunting two dogs that the Ministry of Natural Resources says it has confirmed were responsible for killing deer in the Point Aux Pins Drive area...

Nanaimo, Deer Extermination in Nanaimo March 24, 2014 British Columbia, Guardian Liberty Voice
... In a conversation with L. Parker, a Resource Management student at Vancouver Island University, Parker explained that culling deer will only create more culling as the population increases... The deer that remain after a cull produce more offspring in response to the increased availability of food. This is why culling turns into a cycle of violence every year ...

Reports of two wild dogs, three dead deer March 22, 2014 Ontario, Soo Today 
... residents ... claim the dogs have gone wild and killed three deer in the area... Sault Ste. Marie Police confirmed to us Saturday that after receiving a call from an area resident early Friday afternoon, a Sault Police officer had to shoot a wounded deer in the Alagash Drive area after what appeared to be a dog attack...

Chewy's return to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary March 22, 2014 Ontario, North Bay Nipissing
... After spending a winter at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, where she recovered from a fractured leg, Chewy, and orphaned fawn, was released in the spring of 2012....  Chewy, wintering approximately 25 kilometres away... Chewy remained a little longer at Aspen during 2013 ...

DeerSave Fund an important resource March 20, 2014 Ontario, Guelph Mercury
...  this was the coldest winter in the last 20 years, and looking at weather patterns in the past, it is not likely we will have severe winter conditions every year. The deer population would not need to be maintained by human conservation acts at this severity level every year, but only in the occurrence of severe winter conditions, which historically speaking may be once every 20 years...

Kenora, Wild dogs attacking deer in Kenora March 20, 2014 Ontario, Kenora Daily Miner and News
... “When that deer got torn apart, the poor grandmother who lives in the house was watching two little kids and there was nothing she could do with two dogs like that. They’re wandering around in packs of two to four dogs,” said Sykora...

Atikokan, Tough winter has sympathetic residents feeding deer March 19, 2014 Ontario, Atikokan Progress
...  Though a by-law prohibits the feeding of deer in town, residents seem to be taking pity on the animals’ plight this winter and are in some cases becoming fairly blatant in their deer feeding practices.... In light of one of the heaviest snowfalls in 60 years, the deer have made the community their wintering ground simply to survive, said MNR biologist Brian Jackson. ..

Penticton, Not everyone wants rid of the deer March 18, 2014 British Columbia, Pentiction Western News 
... As someone said to me during the present deer debacle, “for every person who complains about the urban deer, there are probably two people who are content living with them.” ...

Cranbrook gets clicking March 17, 2014 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... Cranbrook residents have quickly begun filling out the city's urban deer survey, which was posted online on Monday, March 10 at www.cranbrook.ca... The survey remains available until March 28 at 4:30 p.m...

A 'killing season' for deer March 16, 2014 Ontario, The Sudbury Star
... Technically the winter of 2003-04 was colder, according to Environment Canada data, but only marginally so. And this year the snow came earlier ... That spells likely disaster for the deer herds ... In Killarney and French River, die-offs could approach 50%, ... on the North Shore of Lake Huron around Espanola and Massey ...  "They could potentially lose 80% of their deer." ...

... Former Ministry of Natural Resources biologist Bruce Ranta predicts a significant decline in the deer population this year, because of weather conditions... Mature bucks get hit the hardest, along with fawns ...

Muskoka, Deer struggling through a lengthy winter March 13, 2014 Ontario, MuskokaRegion.com
... . “An aerial survey completed earlier this week confirmed that deer were tightly concentrated in the dense conifer areas of the deer yard.”  ... our winter severity indices are very close to the values experienced during the last severe winter in 2008-09 ... MNR does not support emergency deer feeding...

Characterizing Moose-Related Vehicular Collision Hotspots in North Central British Columbia RV Rea, CJJ Johnson, S Emmons - Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 2014
... Based on these data, the mitigation of collision hotspots should include decommissioning roadside mineral licks where they occur and cutting roadside brush to improve driver visibility and reduce browse resprouting and attractiveness. Where new road construction or road realignments are being contemplated, we recommend considering routes with more lake area, more rivers, fewer swamps, and fewer black spruce forest/sphagnum bog habitats to help reduce collisions ...

The influence of climate and human land use on the distribution of white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmerman, 1780), in the western boreal  KL Dawe, EM Bayne, S Boutin - Canadian Journal of Zoology, 2014
...  Using a species distribution modeling approach with data from boreal Alberta, we found that climate, as measured by an index of winter severity, was the most important individual factor determining current white-tailed deer distribution in boreal Alberta. Human land use (as measured by total land use footprint) acted to substantially increase white-tailed deer presence but only in areas with more severe winter conditions ...

... The deep snow, hard crusts and frigid temperature have made it hard for deer to find food and they burn more energy looking for it ... A white-tailed deer will typically store enough fat to get it through 90 days of winter ...

Man could face charges for feeding deer in Facebook video  March 7, 2014 Alberta, Calgary Herald 
... A Calgary man who posted a video on social media of himself drinking beer and feeding a deer in Banff has triggered a Parks Canada investigation...

Cranbrook deer survey available March 10 March 5, 2014 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
...Residents can access the survey online on the City's website – www.cranbrook.ca –and click on 'Urban Deer Resident Survey' under City of Cranbrook Links on the homepage. For residents without access to a computer, printed versions of the survey will be available for pick up at reception at City Hall during regular business hours...
 
Penticton, Deer relocation stopped in its tracks March 5, 2014 British Columbia, Castanet
... a letter from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations at Monday's full house meeting. "It stated an incredible amount of red tape ... So we decided to drop the initiative because it would be too onerous ..."

Penticton, City nixes deer cull March 4, 2014 British Columbia, BC Local News · 
... “There just seem to be too many impediments and too many obstacles. It is now going to go back to the individual to deal with the situation in their own yards,” said Mayor Garry Litke, who initiated the relocation concept... "It was shocking to receive the communication from the ministry of the environment creating a whole new bunch of obstacles ... ” 

Kimberley, Animal activists force town of Kimberley, BC to call off deer cull March 5, 2014 British Columbia, 
     In Kimberley, British Columbia -- the deer cull has been called off. And it's not because the problem of intrusive deer has been dealt with -- but because people who see the cull as the problem are making it impossible. Carol talks with the mayor of Kimberley

Kimberley cull done after traps damaged March 3, 2014 British Columbia, BC Local News 
... Mayor Ron McRae said with only one trap left, the cull is over... Devin Kazakoff, a founder of the Invermere Deer Protection Society, is one of two men charged over allegations of deer trap tampering in Kimberley last week... Earlier this month, 10 clover traps were stolen from a government compound in Cranbrook...

... The province’s deer-cull program came into effect in 2012 due to a growing “urban ungulate” problem in the East Kootenay ... traps were to be utilized by the city of Kimberley ... “The deer bash themselves to death for eight or nine hours trying to jump out of these cages,” ...

Deer in danger from cold weather ... February 28, 2014 Ontario, Sault Star
... Large numbers of deer in the province could be “at the point of no return” as cold weather and deep snow continue to linger ... you could see a loss of anywhere between 40-50% of deer in some areas ...

Wild white-tailed deer grazing alfalfa while crows monitor the gathering on a snowy winters day, in the Algonquin Highlands, central Ontario, Canada - March, 2014



Kimberley, Men in disguises damage deer traps in B.C. Kootenay region February 28, 2014 British Columbia, CBC 
... Police in Kimberley, B.C., say they caught two men wearing disguises and vandalizing deer traps on Thursday... the cull has faced strong opposition ...

Oak Bay, Deer, feeding fine on the rise – but who will pay? February 25, 2014 British Columbia, Victoria News 
... Oak Bay council decided to change the current $100 fine to a two-tiered system of $300 for a first offence and $500 for subsequent offences. ... 

... The sale of wild meat has been illegal for a long time in Quebec, mainly to discourage poaching. That's why the new pilot project will have strict limitations regarding the purchasing of game...

Severe Winter Puts Ontario's Deer Herds at Risk February 24, 2014 markets.financialcontent.com
... "Deep snow, hard crusts and frigid temperatures could result in significant mortality of adult deer and the loss of this spring's fawn crop," says OFAH Senior Wildlife Biologist Mark Ryckman.... it is looking more and more likely that intervention will be required somewhere in the province ...

Oak Bay, Slow cars and save deer February 22, 2014 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... The number 1 spot for deer-vehicle accidents is highly traveled Cadboro Bay Road, and motorists are still driving above the limit ... 

Cranbrook to survey residents on deer cull February 20, 2014 British Columbia, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
... City Council agreed to conduct a survey about urban deer.  ... It has been four years since Cranbrook last asked residents whether they would support a cull... "The last survey we had was prior to the community actually experiencing the cull...

Oak Bay fine jumps for feeding deer February 20, 2014 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun
... Oak Bay councillors have agreed to increase the fine for feeding deer within municipal boundaries to $300 from $100 for a first offence. Fines for second and subsequent offences will be $500 ... The municipality disposed of about 40 deer in 2013 at an estimated cost of $130 each ...

Oak Bay, Questions need to be answered before deer cull takes place February 18, 2014 British Columbia, Abbotsford News
... I, like many in Oak Bay, am entirely against the proposed deer cull ... Maybe you have heard complaints from a few residents but people who enjoy seeing the deer won’t write or phone to complain about them...

Herbicide spraying on Crown land hurts deer herd: biologist February 18, 2014 New Brunswick, CBC 
... A coalition of biologists, hunting and recreation groups is calling for a ban on herbicide spraying of public forests....  a joint letter to Minister of Natural Resources Paul Robichaud... attacks the government for underestimating the impact of spraying on deer herds...

Cranbrook, City awaiting word on provincial deer committee February 17, 2014 British Columbia, dailytownsman.com 
...  we talked about our interest with having more tools to manage the urban deer ... hazing with dogs. Kimberley tried a one day experiment last spring and it worked quite well according to Kimberley anyway ... The third option Stetski is hoping to see is tried out is translocation and the fourth is infertility drugs. The drugs are used in some places in the U.S...

Deer Park lived up to its name February 16, 2014 British Columbia, nelsonstar.com
... There is no mystery how Deer Park, on the east side of Lower Arrow Lake, got its name....  the Winnipeg Commercial in its Kootenay supplement of July 15, 1892 added: “One of the most remarkable landscape views is that afforded by Deer Park, so called from its attractive and park-like appearance and the fact that it is frequented by a great number of deer.” ...

Elkford Urban Deer Cull - final update from Council February 12, 2014 British Columbia, The Free Press
...  A total of 39 urban mule deer were culled... The Permit issued by the Province of B.C. authorized the District to cull up to 50 urban deer...

... It is bad enough to shoot an animal for sport. But to torture one that is wounded and frightened, and then posting it on the internet is just plain sick according to Canadian Wildlife official Gary Provencher after viewing a video of a hunter riding a bleeding deer on a sled down a slope posted on Facebook... 

Delta’s newest highway a deer killer February 12, 2014 British Columbia, Abbotsford News 
... The newly opened South Fraser Perimeter Road cuts a direct path through Delta’s pastoral landscapes and alongside pristine peat forest, but the deer living along the corridor aren’t adjusting as well as their lead-footed neighbours. According to the province’s accident reporting system at least 10 deer have been struck and killed by cars since the highway opened ...

MNR refuses emergency status for Manitoulin Island deer herd February 12, 2014 Ontario, Manitoulin Expositor
... The snow, [Mr. Anderson] explained, now ranges from 24 inches to more than 36 inches on the south shore of Manitoulin... The direction received from the MNR, he continued, is to not feed the deer, to let nature take its course “and that’s just not palatable to me.” ... Islanders are also encouraged to check out the 15 minute video on proper deer feeding techniques on the MASC website, www.manitoulinsteward.org ...

Cranbrook, Deer traps stolen in Cranbrook February 11, 2014 British Columbia, Abbotsford News 
... "The chain link fence surrounding the compound had been cut," said Cst. Kathy Forgeron.  All 10 clover traps were missing from the yard...

Oak Bay, Peace with deer possible, group says February 8, 2014 British Columbia, Times Colonist 
... Dave Shishkoff, from the Victoria office of Friends of Animals ... said 5,000 of the 16-page Living With Deer pamphlets have been printed. The aim is to distribute them to every Oak Bay household, he said... 

What could better describe a typical winter day in Canada than a herd of deer in Eastern Ontario frolicking - February 8, 2014



Deer, wolf populations down February 8, 2014 Ontario, kenoraonline.com 
... due to the harsh winter weather seen in the Kenora area, they're expecting to see a continued reduction in the populations of both deer and wolves.  "The distribution of wolf populations follow deer populations and we're seeing that occur. Deer numbers had peaked around 2006 or 2007 and have been on a decline.  ...

Daily visit from the deer for apples, Ontario - Feb 8, 2014



Tough times for our white-tailed deer February 7, 2014 Ontario, blogs.canoe.ca 
... bitter cold temperatures this year are the least of the deer’s problem. They can handle the cold but it’s the snow ...  we are a long way off the massive snow depth experienced back in 2008- 2009, but with higher than average snowfall this winter and a meagre crust unable to support a deer’s weight ... after more than 5 years of a population on the rebound, our whitetail herd could be in store for another big hit...

Deer spotted with snare wrapped around neck February 6, 2014 Ontario, North Bay Nipissing
...  a deer caught on camera with a snare wrapped tightly around its neck... The resident, who said the deer is among several visiting a feeding station in the community of Burk’s Falls ... “It’s pretty inhumane. It’s probably a neck snare that was intended for something else,” ...

Penticton, Delinquent deer to be relocated February 6, 2014 British Columbia, canada.com ·
... Penticton Mayor Gary Litke says up to $15,000 has been earmarked to move habituated deer to pasture land owned by the Penticton Indian band, about 10 kilometres southwest of the city...

...   government officials and the woman who feeds the animal are trying to catch the animal to save it... she feels bad and will cut handles off her buckets from now on ...

Invermere, Anti-cull group ordered to pay Invermere's costs February 5, 2014 British Columbia, CBC
... In Invermere, a group fighting the decision to cull problem deer lost its case in B.C. Supreme Court, and has now been ordered to pay the district's court costs... Invermere was the third community in B.C. to cull urban deer, but Penticton won't be joining its ranks. Instead, Penticton City Council voted this week to relocate animals, and to allocated $15,000 towards the program...

Penticton, Oh deer, you have to move February 4, 2014 British Columbia, Castanet.net
... The capture and relocation of deer in the city of Penticton, has moved a step closer to reality.After being presented with several options at Monday's meeting, the city council elected to go with a pilot program that entails partnering with the Penticton Indian Band...

Penticton, Urban deer management on the table February 3, 2014 British Columbia, Castanet.net
... Option one is direction to commence the work necessary for completion of an urban deer relocation pilot program and partnership with the Penticton Indian Band, for the relocation of approximately 30 deer from the city to PIB lands... The second option ... to assess the community's desire for a capture and relocation program for the deer ...

Oak Bay, Be more aware of deer in Oak Bay January 31, 2014 British Columbia, Victoria News 
... If Oak Bay kills 25 or even 50 deer, there will always be vehicle/deer incidents. It’s up to drivers to be aware...

Kimberley deer cull begins February 1 January 29, 2014 British Columbia, Abbotsford News 
... The Urban Deer Committee recommended the cull of deer from neighbourhoods where complaints of aggressive deer had been greatest ... The Deer Protection Society was urging Council not to pick the contractor who carried out the deer cull in Elkford... the city has not chosen the same contractor ...

Feeding deer is not real problem in area January 22, 2014 British Columbia, VictoriaAdvocate.com 
... Wildlife have been forced out in search of shelter and food and, in turn, dwell within the city limits in search of both. Forget research - how about some common sense, Victoria Advocate? Employees of the industry see every day the amount of land cleared out and the amount of carcasses on the roads ... 

South Fraser Perimeter Road a dead end for deer January 21, 2014 British Columbia, The Vancouver Sun 
...  when it opened just one month ago, the South Fraser Perimeter Road has become a highway of death for black-tailed deer ... evidence that grasses used to firm up the ground are also an attractant... Raccoons, birds and a beaver have also been killed ... 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, he added. ... 

Maple Ridge, Poachers target deer in Maple Ridge January 21, 2014 British Columbia, MapleRidgeNews.com
... Conservation officers in Maple Ridge are on the hunt for poachers who shot a deer with cross-bow last week, leaving the buck injured with an arrow sticking out of his side... “The arrow has broken off now and there’s yellow puss oozing out of the wound.” ...

Elkford given go ahead to continue with deer cull January 20, 2014 British Columbia, thefreepress.ca
... “We suspended the permit on January 7 due to some complaints and concerns that we had with trapping outside of permit conditions, specifically trapping during daylight hours, which is not consistent with the permit,” explained Krebs. “We did an investigation with the Conservation Officer Service ...

Kenora, Deer numbers down in the region January 17, 2014 Ontario, kenoraonline.com
... With harsh temperatures already in the region and many heavy snow events taking place, McKenzie says they're looking at a lower deer population for the coming summer... deer population in wildlife management units 6, 7a and 7b are off the peak levels that were observed in 2006 and 2007,"  ...

Windsor, Deer population explosion within city causing number of concerns January 15, 2014 Ontario, Windsor Star 
... Perhaps it’s displacement associated with construction of the $1.4-billion Herb Gray Parkway ...  damage to vegetation within the city’s parks, including rare and protected species around the Ojibway lands ... The city is set to launch a pilot project where a section within Ojibway will be fenced off and made inaccessible to deer ...

Grande Prairie, Moose on the loose January 13, 2014 Alberta, Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
... Officers haven't had too much trouble from deer or elk this season ...  young, 600-pound bull was caught bedding down near 104 Avenue ... and was re-located southeast of the city... Under no circumstances, said Trepanier, should a resident ever try to chase or scare an animal off his or her property...

Coyote takes down a deer in Banff backyard January 13, 2014 Alberta, Calgary Herald (blog)
...  a local reported that a coyote was trying to take down a deer in a yard along Spray Avenue ... Parks Canada resource conservation staff investigated and found a coyote feeding on a mule deer carcass... “It was a young deer, just a fawn from last spring,” ...

Elkford deer kill permit revoked January 10, 2014 British Columbia, CASTANET.net
... The cull began Jan. 6 and, allegedly, the contractor culled 10 deer in broad daylight. One of those was witnessed by an eight year old boy... 

... While the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is monitoring the current impacts for deer on the Island with the heavy snow and cold weather that has plagued the area, Island land owners are being encouraged (by the ministry, the Manitoulin Area Stewardship Council and United Fish and Game Clubs of Manitoulin (UFGCM)) to break trails where deer are concentrated so they can access food sources....

Beeton, New rest stop for deer in Beeton January 9, 2014 Ontario, Simcoe.com 
...  Procyon Wildlife Veterinary and Rehabilitation Services in Beeton finally raised enough money to build a much-needed sanctuary for orphaned deer. Shell Oil provided about half of the funds ... There is such a great need for deer rehabilitation in Ontario that Procyon has two more enclosures planned, so the fundraising is continuing. To help ... donate online at procyonwildlife.com

Elkford, Deer cull in Elkford suspended for one week January 8, 2014 British Columbia, Abbotsford News 
... Elkford’s deer cull has been suspended for one week after the contractor was caught trapping during daylight hours, in violation of permit specifications.... The District of Elkford began culling mule deer under the licence issued by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources and Operations.

... The B.C. government has suspended a controversial deer cull in a Rocky Mountain mining town near the Alberta border, after an eight-year-old boy saw the killing being carried out in broad daylight...

Oak Bay's year of deer January 8, 2014 British Columbia, Victoria News
... Oak Bay council made a decision ... The plan includes spending $12,500 to cull up to 25 deer ... “You kill 25 in Oak Bay and 25 from Saanich will just walk in,” said ... Lesley Fox. “This is a total waste of taxpayer money. Redirect the money being spent on the cull to help those specific homeowners who are complaining.” ...

Oak Bay, Will 25 less deer really reduce crashes? January 8, 2014 Oak Bay, Victoria News
...The mayor’s concern about deer/motor vehicle collisions ... By killing 25 deer, does he assure us that there will be no more such collisions? ...

Hamilton, Native deer harvest continues in freezing temperatures January 7, 2014 Ontario, Hamilton Spectator 
... Anuja Ramgoolam, a project co-ordinator with the HCA, said the controversial hunt scheduled Monday to Thursday this week and next is getting off to a slow start. "With the cold Monday and Tuesday, there has not been very much activity...

Hamilton, A cull not the solution for the deer hazard December 15, 2014 Ontario, Ottawa Citizen
...  the deer population is actually down sharply from its peak about a decade ago, so the numbers aren’t the real problem... The current wisdom is that, overall, numbers are probably half or a third what they were in 2004 and 2005 when Eastern Ontario was the deer-collision capital of the province. (From 10 to 12 deer per square kilometre of forest, to roughly four or five.) ... the winter of 2008 took a big toll....


On Nov 23rd 2013 DeerSafe Victoria organized a rally to bring attention to the municipality of Oak Bay's decision to move forward with a deer cull. They peacefully walked through the streets, yet carried a strong message: citizens of Oak Bay and Victoria do not want a deer cull and non-lethal alternatives must be implemented. This is footage from that day enmeshed with Pink Floyd's On The Turning Away and a short video of a deer being caught in a clover trap ‎(click on link below this video)‎. This deer was having its ear tagged, the bolt gun method proposed for Oak Bay would be much more graphic. - Published January 3, 2014


Elkford deer cull January 3, 2014 British Columbia, thefreepress.ca 
... When I joined the committee the deer cull was already planned and approved by the District office and Council.  The existence of the committee is a mere window dressing.  It purported to provide community involvement but this was not true.  I am left with the belief and am extremely disappointed that the committee was one-sided, created to support decisions that were already made...

www.insideottawavalley.com/
... In the November deer hunts in eastern and southern Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) laid 243 charges and issued 435 warnings under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act... To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) tollfree ...

Elkford Deer Cull December 30, 2013 British Columbia, TheFreePress
... The District of Elkford will be harvesting up to 50 deer this January under a provincial licence to euthanize deer in town limits... A clover trap will be used to trap the deer and a captive bolt gun will euthanize each animal... [from a town survey]  capture and relocation was the top option, followed by controlled public hunting and education. Only seven per cent selected the capture and euthanize option...

...  among the worst spots in Eastern Ontario for car-deer collisions.  Since radar detection systems were installed along that zone and at another trouble spot on Hwy. 416 near Kemptville, however, safety officials have watched drivers slow by an average 15 per cent when roadside warning lights flash...

Deer rescue? Social media lights up with pleas to help stranded animals December 30, 2013 Ontario, cornwallseawaynews.com 
... Social media exploded with pleas to help a pair of deer that are stranded on a small patch of ice on the St. Lawrence River - but a rescue apears unlikely... A swift river current has kept the water around the ice constantly churning ...
     Deer stranded on St. Lawrence River back on land December 31, 2013 Ontario, CTV News
... the water around the deer had frozen and they were seen running through an apple orchard around 1 p.m.... 

... Oak Bay's deer management strategy includes public education, bylaw enforcement, including prohibitions on feeding deer, and more signs warning drivers to beware of deer on the streets but that residents can expect the launch of a deer cull sometime next year ... Mayor Nils Jensen 

Mule Deer in the Snow, Banff - December 24, 2013



Royal Botanical Gardens, RBG awaiting numbers of native deer culled at Arboretum December 20, 2013 Canada, Hamilton Spectator
... The hunt was upsetting to some residents and they staged a protest outside the Arboretum on Old Guelph Road.   Robert Panchyson of Burlington termed it a "slaughter" and "travesty." ...

The Royal Botanical Gardens invited hunters in to kill up to 20 deer, to protect their lilacs, they said. This is a short walk around one kill site, one day after the week-long hunt. There were many, many similar sites throughout the fields and forests. WARNING: there is blood on the snow where deer were cross-bowed, then ran for their lives, shedding more blood. December 21, 2013, Canada


A second video taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington/Hamilton, after a week-long deer hunt. Evidence of how hunters baited the deer with food, and then just picked them off. But the long trails of blood also indicates the deer are never killed outright but run, bleeding out ... December 22, 2013


Elk rescued after Christmas lights get stuck in antlers December 20, 2013 Alberta, Digital Journal 
... Parks Canada had to tranquillize the bull elk in order to to untangle him from the lights...  His antlers also had to be cut off... Parks Canada is asking residents who live in areas frequented by deer or elk, place their Christmas lights on their houses, not shrubs or trees ...

Wildlife federation call for reduced deer allocations December 19, 2013 Saskatchewan, yorktonnews.com
... The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is calling for reduced allocation for white-tailed deer this hunting season... Winter conditions last year caused a significant impact on deer population, with some estimates at 50 per cent lower than previous year...

Ontario's caribou faring poorly, parks report finds  December 18, 2013 December 18, 2013 The Star 
.... A new report says caribou conservation is failing across the country and gives middling to poor grades to nine provinces and territories, blaming industrial development within caribou ranges for a sharp decline in their population... “We are really discouraged with Ontario because the province has had over four years to actually do something for the caribou population and hasn’t,” ... 

Oak Bay, Referendum should be held on deer cull December 18, 2013 British Columbia, Victoria News 
...  the random killing of 25 deer. This letter is to encourage Jensen to provide informed leadership by listening to qualified biologists, the SPCA and the public ... The SPCA has gone on public record that clover trap/bolt gun with throat slitting follow-up is not humane at all...

     The Royal Botanical Gardens is facing a nightmarish backlash from people upset by this week’s deer hunt in the Arboretum.  The national historic site says many of its collections are being destroyed by increasing populations of the foraging animals and that it resorted to what it calls a “controlled harvest” of deer only because it ran out of other options. 

Kimberley councillor responds to protesters December 16, 2013 British Columbia, Abbotsford News
... Council voted last week for a cull of up to 30 deer ...  To their insistence that the biologist working with the committee should be an ungulate specialist: "Irene (Teske, the provincial wildlife biologist on the Urban Deer Committee) is a wildlife biologist ... The recent counts in November, put the average number of deer in Kimberley this year at 125...

... Caribou in southern and eastern Canada may disappear from most of their current range in 60 years if climate change takes the toll on their habitat that scientists predict in a paper appearing online Dec. 15 in the journal Nature Climate Change... 

Dogs hazardous for whitetails during winter December 16, 2013 Ontario, Ottawa Sun
... One of my neighbour’s dogs had apparently gotten loose and was chasing deer through the field! ...   Less than 3 weeks later that same buck could walk no more and the Ottawa Police were called-in to have it put down...

Swimming deer illegally shot from pontoon boat, police search for suspects December 12, 2013 Ontario,  thepeterboroughexaminer.com
... A deer swimming in Buckhorn Lake was illegally shot and killed near Nichols and Fox Island Nov. 16... The pontoon had white sides and a railing with a ripped blue cover, and an older blue or dark-coloured Evinrude outboard motor... call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

... Manitoba Conservation says a significant amount of snow last year took a toll on rural deer populations... deer in cities have an easier time surviving because there are more food sources, said Ken Rebizant, the provincial department's big game manager...

Deer rescued from Lee Lake December 10, 2013 Alberta, Pincher Creek Echo
... The hunters, who were staying at a cottage on Lee Lake, saw the doe frantically swimming in the icy lake... After 24 hours of warm rest in the Fish and Wildlife warehouse, the deer was transported back to the Lee Lake area and released, restored to full health...

Deer population down; government accused of ignoring warnings December 9, 2013  Saskatchewan, News Talk650 ·
... The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) and other hunters are concerned about the future of white-tailed deer after a harsh winter was followed by no reduction in the amount of hunting licenses issued for the game...  "It was recognized by all the science folks we have here in Saskatchewan (that numbers were threatened) but the political decision was that there was too many deer out there," Crabbe said...

Hunters say deer disappearing in southeast B.C. December 8, 2013 British Columbia, Globe and Mail
...  in southeastern British Columbia, where a regional population collapse of mule deer and white-tailed deer appears to have taken place... Mr. Brandow Sr. [deer hunter] said it’s clear that in southeast B.C. deer numbers are way down, and something needs to be done.  “We’re out there all the time. We see it first,” he said... [see video below]


Short Hills, No more deer hunts December 5, 2013 Ontario, wellandtribune.ca 
... I have been following the story and it’s disgraceful and unacceptable to see wounded deer fighting for their lives in what was once a peaceful park... The municipal councils in north Niagara and the region all voted to oppose the hunt...

Oak Bay, Let's be clear on deer cull decision December 5, 2013 British Columbia, Victoria News, Coun. Cairine Green
...  further dialogue across the region is ongoing as to the benefits and liabilities of a deer cull. It is important to track this information, gather new science and facts as they become available and always remain open to further dialogue with residents... 

... The Zavitz family says a hunter injured a deer and followed it here behind their backyard. They called the Ministry of Natural Resources and a game warden had to shoot the injured deer dead right in front of the family...

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Data:  The harsh winter of 2014 will reduce many deer populations.  About 45,00 to 65,000 deer on Victoria Island in 2011 according to B.C. Ministry of Environment.  New Brunswick deer population about 90,000 in 2013 and into early 2014, down from about 110,000 in 2007, but up from 2012.  The deer population in Ontario peaked in about 2004, deer populations are half or less, falling from 10 to 12 deer per square kilometre to 4 or 5, partially a result of severe winter weather.  About 400,000 in 2014 for Ontario. 

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

Invermere Deer Protection Society: We advocate humane treatment and harmoneous co-existence with the wildlife in our beautiful town of Invermere.
- Support the Invermere Deer You can contribute to help establish humane deer management and community input in decision making.
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 
-Regional Deer Management Strategy (RDMS) Animal Alliance of Canada from February 20, 2012 meeting.
Deer Aware, Nanaimo, Facebook
- 'Stop the Slaughter of Invermere's Urban Deer', Facebook

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