Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Biologists Track 60 Habituated Deer Now Living New Lives in B.C.'S Backcountry

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Biologists Track 60 Habituated Deer Now Living New Lives in B.C.'S Backcountry

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Relocated deer steering clear of urban attractions

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CRANBROOK, B.C. - Sixty habituated mule deer are reacquainting themselves with the backcountry after being moved out of four southeastern British Columbia communities.

The problem deer were caught in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Invermere and Elkford and relocated as part of project to save, rather than cull them.

Twenty-nine of the deer were fitted with tracking collars.

"There was one deer that was predated by a cougar fairly early on in the project," said senior wildlife biologist Ian Adams, whose employer, Vast Resources Solutions, monitors data from the collars.

"We recovered that collar and managed to put it out on a second deer from Elkford," he said.

Details from the collars showed no deer had yet returned to urban areas, where their unpredictable behaviour could endanger humans and pets. …

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