(photo via UWSS)

A number of cameras used by a citizen-led organization to monitor deer activity in Oak Bay were stolen last week.

Oak Bay Police say they were notified of the theft on December 15th from the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS).

Seven wildlife cameras belonging to the society were stolen between December 5 to 14. They had been located at different public properties throughout Oak Bay.

The cameras are brown Bushnell trail cameras and have UWSS.ca engraved on them. They have been used to monitor deer activity in collaboration with the municipality of Oak Bay.

UWSS formed in 2015 in response to a lethal cull of deer in Oak Bay. They have been researching non-lethal population controls as an option to culls, including an immunocontraceptive program.

The cameras are part of the equipment the UWSS uses to keep track of deer populations in the municipality.

They are worth approximately $250. Police say they have no suspects in the incident.

Anyone with information about the missing cameras can contact Oak Bay Police at 250-592-2424 and quote file number 20-3973.

Those who wish to report information anonymously can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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