Deer Attacks Family Dog

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In yet another reminder that deer are not as docile as they seem, a family dog was attacked in Bend Oregon. According to Tiffany Rounds' dog, Daisy, was attacked in her backyard by two does and a buck inflicting serious injury on Daisy.

Rounds said the area has a large deer population that roam in and out of yards, "fun to watch and see," until last Thursday, when the three deer attacked. She said she'd gone inside to grab her camera and take a photo "of the enormous buck, when my dog ran out the door, barking at the deer that were in her territory." Rounds said Monday the two does "immediately started beating her on with their hooves, and then the buck comes and tries to get her with his antlers -- this big ol' rack and this small dog."

A few months back this video was posted on YouTube that shows a doe, in Cranbrook British Columbia, showing her willingness to fight to protect her fawn. Presumably Daisy was stomped in a similar manner.

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ecubackpacker's picture

You never know how a deer

You never know how a deer will react to you or your pet. It's a good idea to keep them on a leash or train them to obey your command. As we've seen, deer can be very dangeous to people and pets. The dog in BC really go trounced by that doe. It didn't look like the dog was even bothering the deer. It seems the dog was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I bet the dog learned to run the other way if he sees another deer, probably won't have to worry about that dog chasing a deer anytime soon.

Now, the guy with the elk urine is just an idiot. I'm sorry. What he did was stupid! He's lucky to have survived that attack as that buck looked determined to get rid of that funny looking "elk". I bet that was the first and last time he tries that stunt.

hawkeye270's picture

These stories normally come

These stories normally come back to the person pretty much being a numbskull. I do not understand the people that raise a fawn because it is so darn cute and they can not imagine letting nature run its course. Do they really expect it to not grow up and mature into something that they can not control, let alone keep in their house. I say this because many of the stories you hear dealing with these type of attacks are because someone took in a fawn when they discovered it without its mother in sight. Dogs are another factor that get people into trouble every year. If you own a dog than you need to make sure that it is trained well enough that it will not chase deer or you need to be a responsible "untrained dog" owner and not put it in a position where it can chase wildlife. Atleast in this state, we can shoot a dog that is harrassing wildlife. And I like that law. Hopefully this pooch learned its lesson. Because as history shows us... the owners probably didn't.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

It always amazes me agressive

It always amazes me agressive deer can be.  The do seem to be so sweet and innopcent until something like this happens or you see two buck go at it durning the rut!  Glad the pooch is ok!

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Yep, nature at work.  As the

Yep, nature at work.  As the guy said, they only see a predator, they can't tell if it's little Fifi, or if it's a coyote trying to make a meal out of it.  I don't know if there was feeding ior anything else going on with these deer, but people need to realize what the definition of a "wild animal" is.

Glad to see the dog is okay, they just gotta learn to be more careful.

jim boyd's picture

Deer attacks in the south are

Deer attacks in the south are fairly common.

While we do not see this usually with a doe, from October and on into Decemeber, it is common in bucks.

They can and do attack, fairly often, particularly if they have been domesticated or partially domesticated in the past.

"Pet" deer are responsible for grevious wounds and deaths - every year.

There are laws regarding this - but well intentioned folks find abondoned or lost fawns and raise them up and all is fine until it is a buck and the following fall rolls around.

Many of these pet deer attacks do not occur early in the deer deer's life but rather when he develops into a mature buck.

In another instance, I know a guy that killed a very big buck in his back yard one time (yes, legally)... he had dogs in a pen and the were barking their heads off - he looked out back and a giant ten pointer was trying to attack the dogs through the chain link fence of the dog pen...

Figure that one out if you can... he rut is all you can blame it on.

They are wild animals, after all, and the standards of wildlife are certainly different than that of humans.

If you want to see a graphic example of this close to home, watch your house cat catch a mouse - they are vicious!


Strange Deer Story

The wierd things that happen in the outdoors.  I have never had an issue like this, as well as most people im sure.  But I can figure out why we dont have this issue cause of our large farm raised dog pack.  Just times.

jaybe's picture

Deer can be mean

The person who thinks of a deer as a big, brown-eyed cute animal has never really observed them in the wild -

  - and they certainly haven't ever witnessed an attack such as the ones posted here.

When examining deer at a check station, wildlife officials always look at the hoofs for signs of fighting, as well as the face for scars.

This applies to both bucks and does.

In every deer herd, however small, there is a pecking order that will be strictly followed.

Individual members who violate the pecking order will find themselves on the receiving end of bites, hoof strikes and/or antler jabs.

The average house dog doesn't have much of a chance against a full-grown deer - especially a mama protecting her fawn(s).