As rutting season approaches, wildlife veterinarians are working to get does immunized in Oak Bay.
The district, province and Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society are working on an urban deer management research project dosing local does with immuno-contraceptives to manage populations.
A total of 120 does were vaccinated between fall 2019 and fall 2020 as part of the District of Oak Bay’s immuno-contraception program. All does received their first dose in 2019, with some receiving a booster in 2020 and others still waiting.
The project includes data collection using 39 remote cameras with an official report to reflect the density, fawning rate and habitat use of Oak Bay’s deer population. A report expected in late summer has been delayed.
The team works between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. when deer are most active. The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society asks anyone who sees a deer with an ear tag at that time and wants to help the program, to call the wildlife vet in hopes he can get out and administer the booster. Residents can note the ear tag number and call 250-800-9986.
Oak Bay residents, we need your help! If you see a doe with an ear tag in the early evening, give our wildlife vet Adam a call so he can administer an immuno-contraceptive booster.@DistrictOakBay pic.twitter.com/g4rwtbfmBo— UWSS.CA (@DeerPlan) September 29, 2021
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