Urban Deer

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.

Deer & Wildlife Feeding and Attractants Bylaw
At the regular meeting July 19, 2021, Town Council approved the Deer and Wildlife Feeding and Attractants Bylaw (28-21) to regulate the intentional and unintentional feeding of deer and other wildlife on private property. Read the news release for more info; review the bylaw by clicking the button below.

Deer and Wildlife Bylaw

Deer Encounters

Temporary Deer Deterrent Fencing

Residents may install temporary extensions to their existing fences, or new temporary fences, to deter deer from entering their yards, starting April 12, 2021. 

All temporary extension or fences must be removed no later than April 12, 2023 or at such a date that Council ends the pilot project.

Gardening with Deer

Learn how to cultivate a beautiful yard and garden while not increasing deer attraction. The online course provides deer-resistant plant options and deer-deterrent strategies to prevent deer damage. It also covers what the Town has been implementing to assist residents in learning how to successfully live with urban deer.

Gardening with Deer webinar