The most common wildlife residents will encounter are deer. Although deer aren’t considered dangerous, they may see people and dogs as a threat and can act aggressively to protect themselves or their fawns.
Feeding wildlife, especially deer, has become more common and problematic recently in some areas in Alberta. Okotoks has a significant population of deer in our area and could be subject to future problems if residents or visitors begin feeding them. Problems linked to feeding wildlife arise when animals pursue people and occasionally threaten public safety. To report illegal feeding of deer on public property, contact Municipal Enforcement.
Feeding deer could lead to:
- Overcrowding and increased incidence of disease in animal populations can be linked to feeding. Ticks can be passed to humans in close contact with infected animals.
- Butting or pawing of persons by over-anxious deer has occurred in other municipalities, resulting in human injury, particularly to small children.
- High populations of deer may attract predators, like cougars, into populated areas.
Please be a responsible resident and practice the following tips:
DO NOT feed or approach any wild animal
DO NOT leave pet food outside (may attract skunks & coyotes)
DO NOT distribute bird feed in parks or natural areas
DO slow down for wildlife
DO use deer-resistant bird feeders