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Vancouver Park Board statement on death of ‘downtown deer’

September 14 2015

“The deer had become habituated to people feeding and petting it" said Vancouver Park Board Biologist Nick Page.

Downtown deer

The Vancouver Park Board regrets the passing of a deer that moved into Stanley Park this summer. 

Around 7:30 pm on Sunday, September 13, police were called to the south end of the Lions Gate Bridge where a deer had been struck by a car and killed. The deer was removed from the roadway by Mainroad Contracting. City of Vancouver Animal Control staff also attended the accident. Two cars were damaged.

“The deer had become habituated to people feeding and petting it. I want to emphasize how important it is for people to maintain an appropriate distance from wildlife such as deer, raccoons and coyotes. Contact with people can cause animals to become dependent and aggressive towards humans,” said Vancouver Park Board Biologist Nick Page.

Unfortunately, habituated deer cannot often be released successfully into the wild. The deer would have either become a problem somewhere else or died due to being unable to fend for itself. Finding sanctuaries willing to receive animals in these circumstances is a challenge.

Once again, we remind people that this is exactly the kind of tragedy that often occurs when wildlife become habituated to humans. Please do not touch, feed or take in orphaned fawns or other wildlife.