A COLLABORATIon for data collection of mule deer mortality on hwy 97 

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Hunters for BC would like to acknowledge that this project area is on the traditional and unceded territory of the Okanagan syilx people. We recognize, honour and respect the presence of Indigenous people, past, present and future.

The Highway 97 Mule Deer Monitoring Project is a collaborative effort between Hunters for BC (H4BC) and the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA).

The project will monitor mule deer mortalities along Hwy 97 between Peachland and Summerland adjacent to and near the wildlife fence that parallels the highway between Peachland and Summerland.

While the fence has successfully reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions, high levels of mule deer mortality have been observed in the area adjacent to the fence.

This project aims to quantify mule-deer mortality and assess causation through field assessments and the deployment of a trail camera network.

The project was recently initiated in February 2023, and preliminary results confirm a high level of mule deer mortality adjacent to the wildlife fence.

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April 2023

Whitetail doe carcass piled on top of a mule deer doe carcass.  Mt. Eneas / Hwy 97S Fence Line

This work will be supplemented by additional data sources such as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC).

The longer-term goal for this project is to accurately quantify mule deer mortality, determine causation, and collaboratively identify appropriate future mitigation measures to reduce wildlife mortality in the Highway 97 corridor.