Deer presence in Outlook & area heavier than usual
If you’ve noticed a large contingent of deer within the Outlook city limits in the past month, you are certainly not alone.
Lately, it seems like the four-legged cousins of Dancer, Prancer, Rudolph, and the gang have made their presence much more evident in the past few weeks, and have advanced much further into Outlook than usual. The deer were seen in groups near the REMAX Shoreline Realty building and were crossing Saskatchewan Avenue to the Reid Motors property. It’s not often that they’ve been seen this close to the downtown Outlook business corridor.
Deer are usually not seen within the village limits in Conquest, but then nothing was typical about the past year. – Derek Ruttle
While the closer interaction with wildlife has made it an interesting sight, the presence of the deer isn’t a cause for concern. The provincial Ministry of Environment gave this reporter some helpful insight into deer behavior at this time of year.
“Deer sometimes seek shelter in urban areas to escape high snow or storms, as it did in some areas of the province this year,” the information emailed to The Outlook said. “It is not uncommon to see deer in the Outlook community as they live year round in the river valley, which is within the city limits. Usually, most of the animals stay in the regional park and on the golf course, but this year some have moved more than normal to residential areas that are attracted to less snow and simple food sources like birdhouses and shrubs. Deer are also spotted frequently within the conquest, more this year for the same reasons. The ministry has not received any recent complaints about deer from either community.
Urban deer can become a problem by damaging gardens, shrubs, and trees as they get used to people. Urban deer can also escape hunting and predators, which usually help regulate populations. The Environment Ministry recommends residents reduce potential attractants by placing bird feeders or other potential complementary feeds out of the reach of deer. Fencing is the most effective permanent method of preventing deer feeding in unwanted areas. “
So when it comes to that sturdy infusion of deer in Outlook, treat them like any other citizen – with respect, dignity, and of course, safe social distance during these COVID times.