Deer and Buck Safety For Dog Walking Adventures
Deer generally tiptoe past people, preferring to avoid us. They occupy a space in our mental landscape as gentle herbivores, and “aggression” is not something often seen in relation to the word “deer.” This all has great potential to change during the deer and buck breeding season, or rutting season. During this time bucks are amped up on testosterone and are much more prone to aggression than they normally are. This aggression is usually directed at other bucks, but may be directed at you or your dog if the buck perceives you as being in the way. Although rare, bucks do sometimes attack people and animals, as this article by the Bloomington Indiana Deer Task Force states. Last year a buck in rut attacked a Labrador retriever in the Milwaukee area, and there have been a rash of attacks in other states and a few in Illinois in the last few years as well.