Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Oak Bay Deer Booklet Distribution!

UPDATE: 2nd distribution session on Saturday, March 1st from 12-4pm - come to our table in front of Oak Bay City Hall to get booklets, and select your neighborhood for dropping booklets in mailboxes - we need bodies to complete this project!


Photos: from our first session in February, where our volunteers gave out 2,500 booklets to north Oak Bay: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.499395750170047&type=1

Media coverage from first session:

This Saturday & Sunday (Feb 8th & 9th), we'll be distributing the 5,000 Living With Deer booklets we've just had printed!

We'll have maps, and you can pick a neighborhood in Oak Bay, or get assigned one, and help ensure every home has one! It'll be a fun wander around the streets, bring your family and dogs! This will go a long way to helping people understand how we can coexist with deer, and prevent the proposed deer slaughter.

Our meeting locations each day will be:

* Saturday, 1-4pm, meet on Cadboro Bay Rd north of Lansdowne (note: corrected)
* Sunday, 1-4pm, meet at Oak Bay City Hall

We'll be distributing around 'north' Oak Bay neighborhoods on Saturday, and the southern half on Sunday.

Please dress for the weather and bring water and snacks, and post below if you have any questions, or email Dave: dave@friendsofanimals.org

Thanks so much for helping; we can stop the deer kill, and education is the first step!

UPDATE: Media release (PDF, 101kb)

Dave Shishkoff
Canadian Correspondent
Friends of Animals
Web Site: http://FriendsofAnimals.org
Victoria: http://TheVictoriaVegan.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2496490922
Twitter: http://Twitter.com/FoA_Victoria
FoA Vegan Starter Guide PDF: http://bit.ly/foa-vsg


  1. This booklet looks great and contains a great deal of good information, but the grammar and punctuation errors are a significant detraction.

    1. Thanks for your feedback and compliments - we've had several people edit the document, but things always slip through the cracks. Please email me your corrections, and we'll update the digital version, and future printings.

  2. I'm not happy with the cull, but your booklet is pretty much useless. By your standards I am indirectly feeding the deer because I have a garden, one that cannot be fenced (30 deg. slope) which Campbell River friends found is the only real solution, and which puts paid to your suggestion of using a dog to keep the deer away. And I get the sense that they are expanding their culinary repertoire.

    The problem is, unfortunately, that there are no predators except careless drivers here in Oak Bay, and down here the in south the adult deer are far more aware of traffic when crossing a street than the average teenager. The result is that more deer are living long enough to reproduce and make Oak Bay their home.

    I've watched it happen: people laughed at my mother when she said she saw deer back in 2000 and when we saw our first cluster of three shortly after moving in here in 2007, the neighbors didn't believe us until we sent a photo. By 2012, one doe with single fawn dined and chewed their cuds our back yard; 2013 two does with a total of three fawns took turns. The number of bucks who are regulars is also increasing. And the level of vegetation, both in gardens and on the slopes too steep or rocky to garden (you will have guessed we live on a hill) is slowly diminishing.

    I reiterate: I don't like the idea of a cull, but somehow the deer population in Oak Bay has to stop growing.

    1. Thanks for writing - we do offer more solutions than just 'build a fence'. Have you tried flood lights, or playing a radio quietly on a talk station? Being on a slope might be more of a challenge, but it's not an impossible situation i'm sure. Maybe other readers might have suggestions as well!

  3. I love the booklet and would like to help fund it and also help distribute it. I want everyone I know to have a copy. I can't find information about getting more copies. Can you advise.

    1. Hi Pam, apologies for the delay, i didn't spot the notification for this posting until now!

      Please email me - dave @ thevictoriavegan.com and we can talk more about this, thanks!


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