Transportation & Environment Services

Deer Management Program

In collaboration with the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development, the City of Saint John has begun to implement a nuisance deer management strategy to assist in managing the urban deer population and lyme disease in the City.

As part of the strategy, a By-law Respecting the Feeding of Deer in the City of Saint John was passed by Saint John Common Council in February 2019. Staff were directed by council to work with provincial representatives to introduce a bow hunt program. The program allows landowners within certain neighbourhoods to receive a special permit authorizing bow hunters to kill one antlerless deer on their property. At this time, efforts are being concentrated in Millidgeville.

Similar programs and hunts have been developed for Rothesay, Quispamsis, St. Andrews, and Hampton as an efficient approach to address the issue while allowing public benefit of the resource. The program is managed by the Department of Energy and Resource Development and takes into account lot size, safety concerns, and number of permits issued.


The City encourages all citizens to be responsible when interacting with wildlife. The public can help manage deer populations on their properties and in their neighbourhoods by:

  • not feeding deer, or any wild animal
  • choosing appropriate vegetation for gardens and lawns that are not appealing to deer to eat
  • considering fencing and other barrier options.

To report an injured or deceased deer, please call the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development at (506) 832-6055.

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