Q: When was the last deer count?
A: September, 2015. Click the 2015 Urban Deer Report to Council link under the related links section at the top of this page.
Q: Why is the Town doing another deer count?
A: We would like to establish baseline data that will be used to help guide long-term policy and bylaw development partnered with public education strategies.
Q: Why is the count only for one hour ?
A: As deer move frequently, it is best to limit the counting window to a short period. A one hour window lessens double-reporting of sightings.
Q: When will the data be available to the public?
A: A report will be generated from the information that is received and will be available for public review later this fall.
Q: Will there be opportunity to report deer sightings throughout the year?
A: Yes. Using the new app, you can report sightings all year round; this will help us to establish trends. You can also report on other fauna and flora, which will help with biodiversity monitoring in Okotoks, as often as you like!
Q: What if the app doesn't work for me?
A: Try out the app a few days in advance of the count. Contact NatureLynx at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble.
Q: I prefer not to use the app, is there another option?
A: Yes. If you prefer not to use the app but would like to participate, please click the button below to access and print the deer count form. Print the form, fill it out and return to the Town of Okotoks Operations Centre front desk. Alternatively, you may pick up a hardcopy of the form at the Okotoks Operations Centre front desk. Completed forms are requested to be returned to the Operations Centre (100, 1118 North Railway St.; M-F 7:30am-4:00pm) by Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
Q: How should I prepare to participate in the deer count?
A: Get the NatureLynx app downloaded on your smartphone and test it out ahead of time. If you don't have a smartphone, please see instructions in the previous question. Ensure you have/do:
- water bottle(s)
- dress for the weather (layers, hat, comfortable walking shoes)
- participants are encouraged to wear a RED identifying hat, t-shirt, sweater, or jacket
Q: What safety precautions should I take when out doing the deer count?
A: For your safety:
- Do not approach deer. Keep a respectful distance of at least 50ft (15m) from deer. If deer move towards you, move away
- To avoid potential incidents of conflict, we recommend you leave dogs at home
- Be aware of your surroundings while reporting a sighting (i.e. traffic)