Provincial Urban Deer Cost-Share Program
In some cities and towns, increasing deer numbers have become a safety concern. Aggressive deer have attacked people and pets, and vehicle accidents involving deer in urban areas are on the rise. Deer also attract potentially dangerous predators, like cougars.
While the Province manages deer in the wild, urban deer are primarily managed by municipalities. Urban deer can be difficult to manage because some conventional wildlife management methods, such as hunting deer, are not appropriate in urban settings.
Since 2016, the Province has made cost-share funding available to help local governments and Indian Bands/First Nations manage conflicts between humans and deer in urban areas. To be considered for funding, applicants submit a project proposal to the Provincial Urban Deer Cost-Share (PUDOCS) program.
The PUDOCS applications are evaluated by the Provincial Urban Deer Advisory Committee (PUDAC). The PUDAC includes representatives from the Province, local governments, Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
To learn more, see the Program and Application Guide . You can also view PUDAC meeting minutes and past project reports below.