Conservation Officers are urging residents to give male deer space as the fall deer mating season gets underway.
CO Denny Chretien says bucks in town and in rural areas will try to assert their dominace over female deer.
He says this can be dangerous if a human gets caught in between.
“The males will be jousting for that position to be the herd male and that can raise tensions between deer,” Chretien says. “Those are situations we advise the public not to get in the middle of and if they want to witness nature’s fine event, to do it from a safe point.”
Chretien says this time of year, bucks are increasing their displays of dominance and indirect threat.
He says this can create risk of aggression, especially if you are travelling with a dog.
“They are large, they do have some weight behind them and the antlers can pose some threat, but in most cases they are focused on one thing and that’s to pursue does,” Chretien says. “I just advise those that do have dogs to ensure they are on leashes and you do avoid deer if you see them, maybe take a different route that day.”
Chretien adds there’s an increased risk of collisions on highways this time of year.
He says male deer are likely to charge across the road if a doe is on the other side.
– Sergeant Denny Chretien, Conservation Officer Service