Rising Deer Populations

There is a concern regarding the rising deer populations. With input from residents, the growing question now becomes how to best handle the issue, as there is concern for both human and animal safety.

We should immediately begin humane reduction of the deer population through sterilization.

 

Below are some resources to help keep you informed.

Local Deer News

A recent article in the Times Colonist: Dog wounded by deer in Oak Bay backyard.

 

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Deer, Ticks, and Lyme Disease

It has been suggested that there is a relationship between deer population density, ticks, and Lyme Disease.

For information regarding this link you can visit the Connecticut Coalition to Eradicate Lyme Disease (CCELD) website.

Also some background details from a family who caught Lyme disease from Deer Ticks in their garden. Click here.

It has also been suggested that while there is a link between ticks and Lyme Disease, that there is little mention of deer in this process.

 

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Lyme Disease Information

For more information about Lyme Disease you can read articles in:

 

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The B.C. Centre for Disease Control website regarding Lyme Disease (BCCDC) states:

"While most tick bites do not result in disease, some do. In BC less than 1 percent of ticks tested carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, and there is only a very small chance of them giving it to you. However, the disease can be serious, so it is worth taking steps to avoid being bitten." Read More

Also from BCCDC: Describes how to avoid ticks and what to do if bitten - Click here.

 

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You may be aware of:

Elizabeth May's Act to Create a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease passes House of Commons:

http://canlyme.com/2014/06/11/elizabeth-mays-act-to-create-a-federal-framework-on-lyme-disease-passes-house-of-commons/

"June 11th, 2014 OTTAWA – Elizabeth May’s Private Members Bill, C-442, An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease, has passed through 3rd reading with the unanimous consent of the House of Commons. Bill C-442 will now be referred to the Senate, where it will be sponsored by Senator Janis Johnson and taken up in the fall."

See also: The Huffington Post article "Elizabeth May's Lyme Disease Bill Needs Science, Not Emotion"

 

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You may also be interested in the book "Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System" by Richard Ostfeld.