It’s that time of year again.
Fawning season is upon us and Kimberley-Cranbrook Wildsafe BC community coordinator Danica Roussy says does can become quite aggressive during this time to protect their fawns.
Roussy says “does don’t have a scent. So we can’t smell them, does can’t smell them, predators in the wild can’t smell them and dogs can’t smell them. So you tend to see does become aggressive towards dogs, especially urban deer, around this time
Defensive doe have been known to attack dogs if they’re perceived as a threat to their fawn.
If you come across an aggressive do you’re reminded to remain calm and to give it space.
Roussy says “if you’re walking to school and an aggressive deer is in the area, particularly a doe with fawns, cross the street, stay calm. If you have to go through a neighbor’s yard I’m sure they’ll understand, but just give them their space and stay calm.”
Fawning season generally lasts from May through early July.
– Danica Roussy, Wildsafe BC Kimberley-Cranbrook Community Coordinator