Urban Deer Management
Since September 2011, the City of Penticton has been working on a plan to manage the Urban Deer issue. An Urban Deer Management Strategy was adopted by Council in late 2011 and further refined in early 2012. The Urban Deer Management Strategy and Council reports on this issue are available for download under "Reports and Strategies".
The City of Penticton recognizes that deer are a natural part of our environment; however, over recent times the presence of deer in our residential areas has increased. This is due to a number of factors including being located adjacent to agricultural and rural areas.
Residents continue to express frustration with a range of deer issues from property damage to aggression towards both pets and humans. The initiatives that Council have supported will help ensure public safety by reducing the potential of dangerous encounters with urban deer.
Reports and Strategies
- September 6, 2011: Staff Report on Deer Control Options [PDF - 170KB]
- September 6, 2011: Urban Deer Management Presentation [PDF - 7525KB]
- September 16, 2011: Deer Management Strategy (Approved) [PDF - 125KB]
- September 19, 2011: Staff Report on Proposed Deer Management Strategy [PDF - 1457KB]
- January 23, 2012: Staff Report on Deer Management Actions [PDF - 770KB]
- Living with Urban Deer Educational Handout [PDF - 436KB]
Deer Feeding Prohibition Bylaw
On January 23rd, 2012 Council adopted a bylaw to "Prohibit the Feed of Deer within the City of Penticton". Prohibiting the feeding of deer is considered to be a contributing factor in assisting with the reduction of the urban deer population. The Bylaw is only one of many measures that need to be undertaken to deal with the urban deer management issue. All City bylaws are made available for viewing online.
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