Deer are normally timid animals but if they become habituated to humans they can become a danger. Never approach or feed deer.
Female deer (does) can be aggressive during the fawning season (May and June).
If deer are responding to your presence, you are too close. Keep a distance of 15 to 20 metres.
If a deer does attack you, stay upright as they inflict injury by striking at their opponent with their sharp hooves. Cover your head with your arms and back off to some form of shelter.
Keep dogs on a leash, but if deer charge towards you drop the leash so the dog can escape and try to place a solid object (tree or car) between you and the deer.
Male deer (bucks) can be aggressive during the mating season (November and December)
Deer are especially hard to remove from a neighbourhood once they have established themselves, so it is important that deer do not feel comfortable in your yard.
A combination of landscaping with deer resistant plants, hazing techniques and fencing can help keep deer out of your yard.
Providing food (by intent or neglect) for wildlife is the root cause of an increase in wildlife/human conflict and is unlawful in BC.
Please report wildlife incidents when there is a threat to human safety to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline on 1-877-952-7277
Wildlife updates for the Elk Valley
Black bear sightings reported on Stove Trail and a grizzly sow and cubs seen on the power line at the top of the Lazy Lizard Trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park. Aggressive deer reported in the Annex.
Bears reported accessing unsecured garbage on Alpine Drive. A moose was struck and injured on Fording Drive.
For your own safety please keep your garbage dumpsters in a garage or shed between collection days. Call the District of Elkford to obtain a bear resistant container if you don’t have a garage or shed to secure your garbage.
Bear sightings reported on North Tie Lake road and on properties on Highway 93 in Grassmere.
We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment. If you observe dangerous wildlife
accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources
that cannot be scared off
a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area
Call the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline on 1-877-952-7277. This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and wildlife to encourage use of natural habitats and food sources before wildlife becomes habituated and/or a safety concern.
For more information on keeping communities’ safe and wildlife wild please visit www.wildsafebc.com, or follow us on Facebook.