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

It's that time of year: Fawn Season!

It’s fawn season, and there are three important things to remember. 1. When you see a deer crossing the road, expect that one, two or even three fawns will likely follow. Stop and wait before proceeding slowly. Try to warn oncoming traffic by flashing your headlights or using hand signals. Speed is the most common factor in wildlife-vehicle collisions.  In areas where you know deer to be, or when you see a sign indicating deer are in that area: SLOW DOWN! Scan ahead, and side-to-side. If you see one deer cross the road, expect more to follow. Watch for deer coming out from between parked cars, especially by golf courses and green spaces. Continue reading

Winnipeg shows patience, respect and compassion for urban deer

Several deer mistakenly recently ended up in the heart of busy downtown Winnipeg. Patience, respect and compassion were demonstrated by the conservation officers, police and Winnipeg residents as the city paused to help the young deer find their way down to the riverbank by the Legislature Buildings. Continue reading

Science-based project proposed by UWSS

The UWSS expanded on its five-point program for deer management in Oak Bay at a Committee of the Whole meeting on March 21, 2016. The long-term best practices plan includes a values-based survey of Oak Bay residents, which would provide important information on issues and attitudes in the community concerning deer. Continue reading

Final Presentation to Oak Bay Council

At Oak Bay’s Committee of the Whole meeting on March 21, the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society expanded on its proposed five-point program for deer management in the municipality. We were disappointed that Council rejected the science and logic of this plan. Continue reading

Discussion on deer management deferred

At the February 9, 2016, Oak Bay Council meeting, Council deferred discussion on their philosophy of deer management in Oak Bay from the February 15 Committee of the Whole Meeting to the March 21 Committee of the Whole. Unfortunately, with the deferral, the opportunity for the municipality to apply for $10,000 from the Interim Provincial Cost-Share Program for Deer Management, have ended for this fiscal year. Continue reading