Canada Deer News
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 ... 

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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. 

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