Them’s fightin’ herds

Beware those aggressive bucks as mating season approaches

  • Sep. 28, 2012 5:00 p.m.

The martial arts of love: mating/fighting season is at hand.

Residents and visitors are advised to continue to exercise both caution and common sense this fall, as the late autumn deer mating (rutting) period begins. That is the message from the City of Cranbrook.

In the weeks leading up to the rut (into November and December) bucks increase their displays of dominance and indirect threats.

A dominant buck typically circles a rival with deliberate steps; back arched, head low and tail flicking.

Bucks can also display dominance by violently thrashing the bushes with their antlers.

“We are into a transition period, where some does with fawns remain wary and potentially aggressive toward humans with dogs,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski.

“Now we will likely also see an increase of particularly aggressive acts from the local urban buck population. Residents are reminded to please give deer plenty of space to move or leave the area. Do not walk closer to the deer; find another route.”

The City of Cranbrook has an information brochure, “Living with Urban Deer”, which is available for pick up at City Hall or by downloading a copy from the City’s website – www.cranbrook.ca.

Any acts of deer aggression where public safety is at risk should be reported.

The City of Cranbrook and the provincial Conservation Officer Service each keep track of these instances of aggression.

To report an incident to the Conservation Officer Service, please call 1-877-952-7277. To report an incident to the City of Cranbrook, please call 250-426-4211 or email urbandeer@cranbrook.ca.

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