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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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...

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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. We have...

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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...

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