Female deer (does) can be aggressive during the fawning season (May and June). Deer are normally timid animals but if they become habituated to humans they can become a danger. Never approach or feed deer.
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.
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