Residents Warned of Aggressive Deer in Sparwood

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WildSafeBC Elk Valley is asking the public to avoid aggressive deer as the fawning season continues.

The group says aggressive does have been reported along Red Cedar Drive in Sparwood recently.

They add that female deer can become particularly aggressive during the fawning season, which typically takes place in May and June.

"Deer are normally timid animals but if they become habituated to humans they can become a danger," says WildSafeBC Elk Valley. "Never approach or feed deer."

WildSafe says to ensure you stay at least 15 to 20 meters away from deer, and that if the animal is responding to your presence, you are already too close.

In the event that a deer does attack you, you are asked to stay upright as they can injure you by striking with their sharp hooves. Make sure you 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) tend to be more aggressive during mating season in November and December.

Wildlife incidents where there is a threat to human safety can be reported to the Ministry of Environment at 1-877-952-7277 any time of the day.

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