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Wildlife society calls on Oak Bay residents to help dose does

A total of 120 does were vaccinated between fall 2019 and fall 2020
A tagged deer in Oak Bay, where a deer contraceptive study is underway. Esquimalt will soon follow suit after receiving approval for its own study from the province recently. (Black Press Media file photo)

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.

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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.

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