It’s all about the bling! Tracking urban deer to manage human-wildlife conflicts.

The UWSS was so pleased to have the expertise of Dr. Joanna Burgar on our field team for the first week of the capture and GPS collar phase of the Oak Bay/Provincial/UWSS project! Dr. Burgar specializes in wildlife and restoration ecology. Please read her blog post on tracking urban deer to manage human-wildlife conflicts: It’s all about the bling! Tracking urban deer to manage human-wildlife conflicts. Continue reading

Urban deer research project successfully tags 20 does

The capture and collar phase of an innovative new approach to managing urban deer in Oak Bay wrapped up last month having hit all its targets. Managed by the Victoria-based Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS) and powered by a team of scientists, wildlife veterinarians, biologists, graduate students, animal behaviourists and community volunteers, the project captured, radio-collared and released 20 does within the municipality of Oak Bay Feb. 18–March 23, 2018. It’s the next step towards a UWSS program to start later this year—testing the effectiveness of contraceptives to manage urban deer populations. Continue reading

Deer oh deer

When you think of deer within a city, do you think of the sweet little Bambi out for a walk in the corner park with his mom? Or do you think about a terrifying, aggressive stag with red eyes of fury? In the lovely municipality of Oak Bay, I am taking part in a study of urban deer. Urban wildlife, and their management, is an interesting topic ecologically speaking. But it’s also fascinating in terms of public perception, because many people vocal about urban deer management either see the deer as sweet little Bambis (or is it Bambii), or as menacing beasts.   Continue reading

Update on deer tagging project

Our research team collared 4 does already in Oak Bay this week, we’re proud of how efficient our team of scientists are at getting collars on the deer within a very short time! The does are sedated and assessed through a brief physical exam. They are then fitted with a GPS radio collar that will allow our research team to track their movements. 4 identification tags are also attached to the collar as a quick means of identifying the deer from a distance. Continue reading

Next phase of deer management plan starting

Good News! The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society will begin the next phase of an urban deer management plan to capture and GPS collar 20 does in the District of Oak Bay over the end of February and into early March, weather dependent. Continue reading

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