This time of year, be on the lookout for fawns following does. (Black Press file photo)

Watch for baby deer across the region

Oak Bay police calls in Wild ARC for injured fawn

Officers took to Twitter to remind drivers to slow down and be wary after a fawn was hit in Oak Bay.

Oak Bay Police Department called in the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre after a fawn was hit by a car Tuesday.

“We’re now hearing about fawn sightings and as a result we’ve had a lot of sign requests coming in this past week or two,” Kilpatrick said.

Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society, based in Oak Bay, has distributed more than 700 signs that say “Caution – Expect Deer” and the municipality of Esquimalt recently ordered 200. “We have provided Sooke residents with over 70, and along with requests from Oak Bay residents, we’ve got signs in Saanich, the West Shore, and Victoria,” said president Kristy Kilpatrick. “We’ve even sent signs to England, Oregon, and Australia. Those requests came from tourists who saw our signs here and liked them. We’ve also had requests from the Interior to use our design.”

The purpose of the signs is to remind drivers to slow down in areas where they know there are deer, in hopes of preventing vehicle-deer collisions.

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Wild ARC also re-released a juvenile eagle last Friday in Oak Bay after it was rescued by a resident during a May wind storm.

More to come…

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