Safe deer interaction in the fall

It’s that time of year… …when it’s getting dark earlier, raining often and visibility is poor. When driving it can be harder to see deer (and people) crossing the road. As well, late October and November is the “rutting season,” when bucks can move suddenly and unpredictably. Continue reading

Deer-resistant gardens

Read how Oak Bay home owners turned their property into a Garry Oak meadow – “Good for the environment and the local ecosystem.” Continue reading

Presentation to Victoria Council

The UWSS presented to Victoria Council on July 27, as a follow up to a wide ranging staff report on urban deer management provided to Council. Continue reading

Avoiding close encounters of the road kind

One of the enduring joys for those of us lucky enough to live in the Greater Victoria area is the abundance of green space and wildlife in our community, whether birds, deer or other creatures. But being surrounded by nature requires a different level of awareness than in your typical urban-area concrete jungle. Continue reading

Oak Bay Update

The following report on Phase One of Oak Bay Deer Plan Management was submitted to Oak Bay Council on June 26, 2017. Continue reading

BC approves funding for Oak Bay/UWSS Deer Management Project

Approval has been granted by the Province of B.C., Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, to provide the District of Oak Bay, in partnership with the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS), with a cost-share grant of $20,000 that will be matched with an additional $20,000 from the District of Oak Bay.  Continue reading

Oak Bay & the UWSS receive provincial funding for first phase of urban deer research project!

Announced today by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The British Columbia government is providing the District of Oak Bay with $20,000 to support ongoing efforts to control urban deer, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The funding comes from the provincial urban deer cost-share program, which supports community projects that focus on deer culls and research into other population control methods, such as relocation and chemical contraception. Continue reading

The Mythology & symbolism of Deer

Last year, Cairine Green (Oak Bay former Councillor and current Heritage Committee Chair) wrote a lovely piece on the mythology of deer. We are re-posting it here as a gift to all of our supporters and readers, with warm thanks to Cairine. Wishing all of you a peaceful and kind holiday season. Continue reading

Busy days for the UWSS in Oak Bay & Esquimalt!

A lot has happened in both Oak Bay and Esquimalt since our last post, and we apologize for not updating our blog sooner – it’s been busy! Continue reading

Esquimalt residents asked to weigh in on deer

Esquimalt is demonstrating real leadership in deer management and is modeling best practices with the implementation of a public survey developed by an independent scientist/consultant. It is extremely important that deer management be approached scientifically, methodically, and with rigorous methodology. The survey on deer in Esquimalt is exacting and comprehensive and will provide Esquimalt Council with excellent information and data to inform their next steps. Continue reading