Even with lower numbers, a deer can enter a yard and browse on flowers unless it is fenced. It’s important to remember that many residents enjoy and support the presence of deer in our community. No one is proposing that deer be eliminated from Oak Bay. The deer are here to stay. There are many proven non-lethal measures that residents and municipalities can take to co-exist with deer, such as fencing, scare devices, repellents, road safety signage and speed enforcement, habitat modification, and anti-feeding bylaws. This is where we will be asking local governments to recognize their responsibility for public education and mitigation measures. We are happy to provide them with the benefits of our expertise and experience.