UVic deer signs appear targeted in theft

The University of Victoria was first to approve Fawns Crossing signs and those were the first to disappear.

The University of Victoria was first to approve Fawns Crossing signs and those were the first to disappear.

The election-style signage was posted by the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society in a campaign to create awareness in drivers that where a doe walks a fawn likely follows.

They posted signs along Ring Road which crosses both Oak Bay and Saanich municipal boundaries.

“Unfortunately, our signs up at UVic have been taken twice, all at once and during work hours. We’ve reported the thefts to the Oak Bay and Saanich Police and UVic Security, but unfortunately there isn’t much they can do,” said vice president Kristy Kilpatrick, vice president of UWSS. “We expected the odd sign to be taken here or there, but due to the manner and time of day the UVic signs were taken, it seems as though someone has targeted them, which is a real shame.”

Kilpatrick says they’ve had positive feedback from drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, homeowners, municipal workers and police.

District of Oak Bay statistics show that by July 7 last year Public Works and Oak Bay Police picked up 20 dead deer. They have picked up 14 to date. Five were found in the vicinity of Cedar Hill X Road and Cadboro Bay Road area with the rest scattered throughout the community.

The demand for signs from residents in Oak Bay, Victoria and Saanich outstrips the supply, she added. They are funded through donations and as fawn season dwindles the society is ready with a new message. “We are going to have more signs printed, with the same familiar red stripe and the image of doe and fawns, but with the words “Expect Deer” so that they can be used beyond fawn season in areas where deer cross.”

Residents can get signage or more information by emailing info@deerplanoakbay.ca.

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

 

Just Posted

Hundreds gather at fundraising kickoff for ‘Kings Park’ purchase

Campaign to raise $2.75 million for the District of Saanich underway

Collector car season rolling to season’s end at Turkey Head

European car and coffee meet is every third Sunday

Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to soar to soar over Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Red Arrows fly past Sept. 26 over the parliament and Inner Harbour

Vancouver Island School of Art gets new home approved

A new rental complex by ARYZE and The Purdey Group will also house the new art campus

Spooky meets retro at the Victoria Vintage Halloween Fair

It’s never to early to start planning your costume

Third instance of Trudeau in skin-darkening makeup emerges

Another instance of Trudeau using makeup to darken his face has emerged, within 24 hours of the first

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should the province step in to upgrade the road to Bamfield?

The death of two University of Victoria students on a bus bound… Continue reading

Nelson man accused of swimming naked at Toronto aquarium expected to plead guilty

David Weaver, of Nelson, was arrested and charged in October of last year

VIDEO: Party leaders react to Trudeau’s brownface photo bombshell

Fallout from Justin Trudeau’s brownface photo, and two other instances, sure to dominate campaign

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized, BC SPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

Most Read