It is beautiful to look outside at our surrounding area and immediately think of the song, ?Walking in a Winter Wonderland?. We certainly have had our fair share of snow here in the last month or so, and this has directly resulted in more than usual deer sightings in the community. Brad Lacey with The Dawson Creek Conservation Office Services says that the heavy snowfall have made it difficult for the deer and moose to move about easily. However, the neatly paved streets and paths in town have created an inviting corridor into our community. During the day, deer will hunker down in the woods roaming the streets in the early morning or late evening hours creating a potential traffic hazard.
Concerned homeowners can protect their shrubs, and trees from the feeding frenzy that occurs when the deer get hungry. Feeding them with barley or oats is not recommended. Lacey said that this will only habituate the deer to become reliant on our food source. Lacey said that it is best to let nature takes its course and let the deer work themselves out. Homeowners can take precautions against having their trees and bushes damaged by purchasing blood meal, and wrapping in cheesecloth to hang from branches. Cover the tops of these with a small foil plate or something similar in order to keep the blood meal dry. The scent of the blood meal will ward off the deer. There is also a commercial repellant available. For more information please call Lacey at 250-784-2306.
Lacy stressed that the community should be aware of the predators (cougar, wolf and coyote) that may come with the deer and moose that are in town.
Moose may become aggressive about their food source. It is best to just stay out of their way and report any unusual behaviors or sightings to Lacey at The Dawson Creek Conservation Office.