Urban Ungulates Conflict Analysis
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There is a growing concern within many B.C. communities with respect to the growing numbers of deer populating urban areas. These increases are creating some issues such as higher rates of car accidents involving deer, aggressive behavior towards humans and damage to private gardens.
Recognizing this issue, Ministry staff conducted a thorough review of urban deer conflicts, called “British Columbia Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis”. The purpose of the project was to identify mitigation options for urban ungulate conflicts, including:
- identifying the scope of the conflict;
- reviewing current information regarding conflict reduction, including management practices in other jurisdictions and their effectiveness; and
- providing recommendations regarding a strategy to deliver conflict reduction programs in B.C. and effective management practices to implement.
The report includes conflict reduction strategies, such as repellents, landscaping alternatives, fencing, and vehicle collision mitigation. Population reduction strategies are also discussed in the report, such as capture and relocate programs, as are fertility control strategies and administrative options such as bylaws, regulations, and public education.
The next steps are to share this report with local municipalities and work collaboratively to assist them with the implementation of the recommendations. Successful resolution will involve cooperation and partnership between the provincial government, municipal governments, and community stakeholders.
British Columbia Urban Ungulates Conflict Analysis [PDF 6.67MB]
British Columbia Urban Ungulates Summary Report [PDF 1.56MB]
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