A mule deer doe killed a small dog in the front yard of a property in Sparwood

deer eating flowersFriday July 26. A mule deer doe killed a small dog in Sparwood yesterday. The small and older dog was caught off guard by the deer. The fawn wasn’t seen in the area at the time. A reminder to residents that urban deer can be dangerous.

Deer can be Dangerous

Deer are normally timid animals but if they become habituated to humans they can become a danger. Never approach or feed deer.
Female deer (does) can be aggressive during the fawning season (May and June).
If deer are responding to your presence, you are too close. Keep a distance of 15 to 20 metres.
If a deer does attack you, stay upright as they inflict injury by striking at their opponent with their sharp hooves. Cover your head with your arms and back off to some form of shelter.
Keep dogs on a leash, but if deer charge towards you drop the leash so the dog can escape and try to place a solid object (tree or car) between you and the deer.
Male deer (bucks) can be aggressive during the mating season (November and December)
Deer are especially hard to remove from a neighbourhood once they have established themselves, so it is important that deer do not feel comfortable in your yard.
A combination of landscaping with deer resistant plants, hazing techniques and fencing can help keep deer out of your yard.
Providing food (by intent or neglect) for wildlife is the root cause of an increase in wildlife/human conflict and is unlawful in BC.
Please report wildlife incidents when there is a threat to human safety to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline on 1-877-952-7277

For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com or contact fernie@wildsafebc.com