Deer Management Workshop

In response to ongoing concerns around urban deer conflict, the Province of BC and UBCM will be jointly holding a two-day workshop on urban deer management January 12-13, 2015 in Richmond. Registration is open to local government officials and staff.

Many communities throughout the province have encountered conflicts with urban deer, resulting in resident safety issues and property damage.  The UBCM membership has endorsed several resolutions pertaining to urban deer conflict, particularly in regards to provincial jurisdiction in the matter, funding for managing and mitigating the impacts of urban deer conflict, as well as for education. 

The January workshop is designed to be a forum of dialogue around the challenges communities face with urban deer, the approaches employed to date to dealing with the issues, and potential solutions for provincial consideration.  It will also provide legislative and regulatory updates, outline roles and responsibilities, and address the jurisdictional issue of ‘ownership’ of the issues.

The workshop represents an opportunity for affected local governments to put forward recommendations to provincial practitioners and policy staff for future executive and political consideration.  It will also provide an opportunity for local government representatives to identify gaps in existing urban deer management tools, advocate for new tools and approaches in addressing urban deer issues, and propose priorities for Ministry action. 

The Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations has committed to reviewing and responding to local government proposals coming out of the workshop within three months.  The Province will then let UBCM and local governments know which proposals and priorities can be addressed in 2015 and 2016.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Richmond Airport Fairmont with a $164 plus tax per night rate.   Hotel reservations and the online registration are now open. 

For further information, please contact Jared Wright, Director of Advocacy, UBCM.

Workshop Details:

January 12th - 10:00am to 4:00pm
January 13th - 8:30am to 12:30pm

A draft agenda is now available.

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