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. The collars will allow the does...

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Safe Deer Interactions 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...

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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.” House Beautiful: At home in a restored Garry oak meadow A “natural” garden works well to not only help balance the ecosystem and give back...

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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. To see the informative PowerPoint and listen to the presentation, click...

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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...

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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. OPENING STATEMENT BY KRISTY KILPATRICK, UWSS PRESIDENT: Ever since we were asked by Council in November to provide you with a proposal for submission...

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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...

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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! ESQUIMALT On Monday, December 12, Nyberg Wildland Consulting presented to Esquimalt Council on the results of a public survey...

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Esquimalt Residents Asked to Weight 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,...

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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...

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