How to take part in the Esquimalt urban deer research project

After the prescribed three-year deer survey and in consultation with local First Nations, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development has granted the permit required to participate in studying the efficacy of immunocontraception (IC) on deer in the Township of Esquimalt.

From September 9-October 31, 2021, up to 100 female deer will be captured and marked to treat with an immunocontraception (IC) vaccination. Capture teams of at least two people (one team lead/wildlife veterinarian and one field technician) will undertake the work.

Please fill out the online form at your earliest convenience to let the research team know if you would like to grant access to your property, or send an email if you have any questions. The researchers work from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

We are seeking residents to voluntarily give their permission for capture teams to access their property in order to tag deer. Please fill out the below webform if you would like to take part in this project. In addition, residents may have received the following communications by mail:

Questions or concerns can go to [email protected]. The project website is  

* For emergencies only, contact 778-729-2509 


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If yes and you have granted permission to dart deer on your property, please provide your contact information.
This collection of personal information is authorized pursuant to the Community Charter, Local Government Act, and section 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information will be used to administer the Township of Esquimalt’s Deer Management Plan. Questions about the collection of your personal information may be referred to the Corporate Officer, 1229 Esquimalt Road, Esquimalt, BC, V9A 3P1, 250-414-7135, [email protected]