deer3Wild deer are commonplace on Salt Spring. That's because the environment is free of natural predators and deer thrive on this lush and friendly island.

They're everywhere!

Visitors can expect to see deer snacking in the tall grass at roadsides, or boldly stepping through the garden on the lookout for the choicest greens. Don't be surprised to see them climb up the stairs to the deck of your B&B, looking for a tasty planter of fresh flowers to munch from.

deer1Garden Variety Deer

Island fencing is proof to a thriving population of wild deer. Though beautiful to view in their natural habitat, these lovely beasts are not welcomed into local gardens. Any productive plot is meticulously surrounded by an 8-foot fence in order to deter these four-legged marauders. Many islanders plant a plot of "deer munchies" outside the "real" garden to help avert crop loss.

"Oh . . . poor baby!"

deer2Baby deer (fawn) found alone in the woods should not be approached.

Though they may appear "lost" and alone, Mama is surely on her way. If tampered with by humans, they may become disoriented and/or may later be abandoned by the doe. It is best to leave the area.

Be aware!

  • Our roads are full of curves and hills which can obstruct a driver's vision.
  • This makes it hard for motorists to spot a deer ahead and you should therefore maintain low speed at all times.
  • Beware especially of deer standing near the roadside as they may bolt and change direction at any time.
  • At night it's best to drive with headlights full on. Even so, deer get confused about what direction you are coming from, so if you see a deer, slow down.
  • If a deer "freezes" in your headlights, try turning them off and then back on.
  • Be careful of "followers": if you see one deer crossing the road, stop! You may be sure there is another one, or more, right behind the first one.
  • ... and never, never feed any kind of wildlife. Human food kills!

What should you do if you hit a deer?

  • If the deer is still alive call Wildlife Centre - 250-537-0777
  • If you have a blanket in your car, cover the animal - but do not touch it.

Thanks to island visitor Jim Rush for photos appearing on this page. Though Jim and wife Tracy were only on Salt Spring for a few days, they found many opportunities to photograph island deer.