03/18/2016 11:26 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Biologists track 60 habituated deer now living new lives in B.C.'s backcountry

CRANBROOK, B.C. — Sixty habituated mule deer are reacquainting themselves with the backcountry after being moved out of four southeastern British Columbia communities.

The problem deer were caught in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Invermere and Elkford and relocated as part of project to save, rather than cull them.

Senior Wildlife Biologist Ian Adams says 29 of the deer were fitted with tracking collars.

One of the collared animals has already been killed by a cougar but Adams says the device was retrieved and fitted on another deer.

Vast Resources Solutions is monitoring the collar data and says no deer have yet returned to urban areas, where their unpredictable behaviour can endanger humans and pets.

The project hopes to determine if translocation is a workable solution to reducing urban deer populations. (CHBZ)

The Canadian Press