Oak Bay receives cost sharing grant to pursue deer management plan

The District of Oak Bay is moving ahead with its deer management plan after receiving a $20,000 cost-share grant from the BC government.

Oak Bay is working in partnership with the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society for implementation of the first phase of what they are calling a "progressive, science based, deer management project". This would not involve a deer cull.

In Phase 1 of the program, 20 deer will be captured and tagged with GPS reporting collars as well as a rigorous photo-identification assessment will be made. 

The District of Oak Bay reports the population of black-tailed deer is on the rise and has reached its limit.  Since 2012, deer mortalities in the district are also increasing.

Oak Bay offers and abundance of year-round vegetation where urban deer have no natural predators.

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