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Activists target busy, dangerous street to warn motorists of deer

December 20, 2013 | Deer / Take Action

“Hot spot” needs better signage, lighting and traffic enforcement 

Friday, December 20, 2013
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
Cadboro Bay Road & Lansdowne Road|
(Across from Uplands Golf Course)
Oak Bay 

 

Victoria, BC - Just weeks after personally witnessing a traumatic incident involving a deer being hit by a car and then euthanized on the spot after waiting an hour for police to arrive, activist Dave Shishkoff is returning to the area with other concerned residents to warn motorists to use extreme caution.

Holding signs with messages like “Slow Down” and “Deer Active Here”, Friends of Animals hopes to draw attention to  the biggest trouble spot for deer and motorists in Oak Bay.

According to information released by the Capital Regional District (CRD) Deer Management Strategy, Cadboro Bay Road is the most common place in Oak Bay for deer collisions (see graphic, an excerpt from their map). Shishkoff believes there are a number of reasons why this is happening. “Lack of warning signs, poor visibility, no fencing and drivers speeding combined with a golf course that is ideal habitat for deer is a recipe for disaster,” says Dave Shishkoff. 

This action is part of a series of efforts set to begin in the New Year to help Oak Bay residents to better co-exist with urban deer. An informative booklet will be produced and distributed to the community, and there are plans for a “Deer Awareness Week”. Shishkoff is hopeful that with more education, and a little effort from the community, the proposed kill of 25 deer in Oak Bay will be deferred or prevented. 

 

Update: You can check out this video at the 1:30 mark to view footage of the activists warning motorists on Friday, December 20th. 

Contact:

Dave Shishkoff
Canadian Correspondent
Friends of Animals
Cell: 250-588-0482
Email: dave@friendsofanimals.org

 

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