Community Deer Project
This page is dedicated to our deer and the efforts of citizens to defend them. They are an integral part of life on Vancouver Island, and many residents in the CRD enjoy the company of the deer that visit their yards or appear in our public parks.
If you have a favourite picture of your deer and would like to attach a brief story or caption with it, please send it to us and we will do our best to post it on the site.
More loss of urban deer habitat, this time at a badminton court in Gordon Head. Where can they go without being accused of being overabundant?
Submitted by Jianhong Yao.
Submitted by Jianhong Yao. The summer heat has caused the hair of these deer in Gordon Head to molt - the ungulate equivalent of removing your sweater!
Submitted by Cheryl Hopewell.
A young buck in the garden of Nabhraj Spogliarich.
DeerSafe's Centennial Square rally against deer culls, April 11, 2015.
Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.
Submitted by a CRD resident.
DeerSafe Victoria held a rally in Oak Bay on January 3, 2015.
A very healthy Oak Bay resident!
Photo courtesy of a supporter.
The deer in Elkford are being culled in daylight hours, in direct violation of the terms of MFLNRO permit conditions. This photo was taken by an Elkford resident on January 23, 2014. The traps are in plain view of residents, and are being set during daylight hours.
A young Saanich buck and a little lady regard each other in a peaceful back yard.
Courtesy of Cheryl Hopewell: "Innocence, Let Them Be"
These disturbing images were sent to DeerSafe on August 19, 2013. This buck has slept in the yard of one Oak Bay resident for a couple of years. Her neighbour made it clear to her on several occasions that he has issues with deer. One evening she came
The Conservation Officer who was called that night, and the next day by other Oak Bay residents who live on a street not far from the first, told DeerSafe that he had tranquilized a buck on Linkleas St and removed a lot of netting.
Urban deer have much more to fear from us than we do from them.
A very welcome buck in an Oak Bay driveway.
Courtesy of Patricia Hirsch
A sad sight in Saanich. Photo: Michael Yu
Some deer neighbours are careless, and can endanger the lives of all wildlife. This fawn is being monitored, and the flower pot will eventually be removed. Photo: Michael Yu.
Fawns in Victoria. Courtesy of a supporter.
Photo courtesy of a supporter.
Photo courtesy of Gary Neilson
Triangle Mountain, Colwood. This was once a green belt between homes. Development of high end houses left this old girl with nowhere to go. Some think she deserves the death penalty.
Our deer neighbours have friends from all over the CRD. On September 26, 2012 three dozen deer defenders took to Douglas Street to demonstrate to the Union of BC Municipalities that the culls that have taken place in the Kootenays this year are unpopular. The delegates had to pass the rally to cross the street. It was remarked upon inside later. But more than just being a spectacle, this rally will have given the attendees a good idea that citizens in their own communities are against a cull and want non-lethal "management" first and foremost.
The rally had some good media coverage.
The blacktail deer on Vancouver Island lead a challenging life. Does typically give birth to two fawns in May or June. Fawn mortality is 45 to 70 percent. This wee buck did not live through his first winter, although he was seen in the company of his robustly healthy sister and mother. His slow demise was a painful event for those who knew him. He was a sad reminder that deer on Vancouver Island do not live the high life in our urban and rural areas, as many claim.
Kelly Carson, Victoria BC
Two deer were cavorting along the verge at UVIC beside Cedar Hill Cross Road. The deer were capering and chasing each other while joggers and dog-walkers passed by. The dogs, even those not on a leash, ignored the deer - they were obviously used to them. Probably this same community uses these walking paths every day. This was a gorgeous fall morning, the trees just starting to turn and to blaze with orange and yellow. The air was bright and fresh, walking here was like entering the Peaceable Kingdom, like walking in paradise, which is what Victoria at its best can be. We're lucky to live here; it's hard to believe that anyone would want to harm the life forms that contribute to what makes Victoria special, or would want to replace the peace and pleasure of this scene with traps, gunshots, bows and arrows and other implements of torment for deer.
Barbara Julian, Victoria BC
Watching over her children, this mother was strikingly beautiful and yet absorbed into the woods that surrounded her. She appeared as a part of the scene than an object within it. This is how I appreciate the deer the most, when they are in their habitat their colour and expressions fitting with their environment. While the city is not a kind place to them, they still find refuge with us and perhaps refuge can be found in appreciating the silence of their presence as both a reminder of the consequences of our actions and the indomitable spirit of the wild.
A family of deer scurries accross a field near one of the many farm lands in Saanich. Farmers often speak of the presence of the deer as a nuisance, but have provided no proof of the actual monetary damage they have suffered. They also do not invest in fencing to prevent further damage while they report continuing losses often equal to the cost of this proactive measure. I see them all the time and love watching their behaviour, it seems that people who complain about the deer are more concerned with changing others rather than themselves.