Although deer aren’t considered dangerous, they can act aggressively to protect themselves or their fawns, and may see people and dogs as a threat. At this time, there are no plans to control deer populations in Okotoks. Deer are part of the biodiversity landscape in Okotoks too, but residents are strongly encouraged to adopt strategies to discourage deer from eating and inhabiting their yards. If residents are willing to be unified in their behaviours and actions towards deer deterrent strategies, the urban deer population can remain at tolerable levels.
If you experience an aggressive deer incident, defined as “deer chasing, or kicking, at a person or pet resulting in damage or injury,” you should contact the Report-A-Poacher line immediately at 1-800-642-3800 and be able to report the location of the aggressive animal. This line is monitored 24/7 and a wildlife officer will determine if further action is required.
1. Spray them with your garden hose
2. Remove attractants such as crab apples, Halloween pumpkins, bird seed, etc.
3. Use scare tactics such as mobile yard ornaments or scarecrows
4. Try chemical deterrents such as blood meal or Plant Skydd
5. Plant unpalatable garden plant species (e.g. non-fruit bearing trees)
To report an injured deer call the Fish & Wildlife Report-A-Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 and be able to report the location of the injured animal. This line is monitored 24/7 and a wildlife officer will determine if further action is required.
To report a dead deer call the Town of Okotoks Operations Centre at 403-938-4372 and be able to report the location of the dead animal. The Town will arrange for collection of the animal.