Cop Shoots ‘Tame’ Whitetail Buck That Suburbanites Foolishly Pet And Feed

Ohio kids devastated after officer shoots tame deer in front of them: ‘It was my best friend’: This is from Raw Story and the comments to the article are the ritualistic ‘Evil pigs!  How dare they do this!’ sort of clap trap.  I took one look at the picture of this ‘tame deer’ and recoiled with horror.  People were petting and feeding a full adult BUCK with antlers still covered with velvet but as soon as the buck rubs this off on some tree, he will be in full rut and very deadly, dangerous.  A killer.


Click here to see the video of this ‘friendly’ deer:  UPDATE: Clarington Residents Confirm Deer at Center of Controver – WTRF 7 News Sports Weather – Wheeling Steubenville.


It is easy to find stories of bucks in rut killing people:  From 2008— – Deer attacks: Nature, civilization lock horns


“People think of deer as Bambi, cute and cuddly, but they can be extremely dangerous in certain circumstances,” says Steve Martarano, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game. Some instances of what happens when deer and people get too close:


• Ron Dudek, 73, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., died Oct. 17 of complications from antler wounds inflicted to his face by a male deer that Dudek encountered when he went to pick tomatoes in his backyard garden. It was the nation’s second deer-assault death in two years: Donald Sellers, 79, was fatally gored and mauled by his pet buck in Gilbertown, Ala., in 2003.


• Karen Morris, 56, of Clearlake, Calif., was hospitalized for 12 days with head injuries in an attack by a young buck Nov. 17 outside her home. The horns bruised Clifford Morris, 68, when he came to his wife’s aid.


• In Covelo, Calif., on Sept. 29, Arnold and Jeannine Bloom returned to their pickup after watering a friend’s vegetable garden. A small buck ran up to the truck and knocked the man on his back, California Department of Fish and Game warden Rusty Boccaleoni says. When Jeannine Bloom swung at the animal with a piece of firewood, it turned upon her and ripped a hole in her arm. The next day, Boccaleoni shot and killed the animal.


• Game wardens shot five bucks on the streets of Helena, Mont., after the deer threatened staffers at a day care center and a teenager delivering newspapers.


Kurt VerCauteren, a biologist at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colo., blames most of the trouble on the edginess of male deer during the fall mating season. And as suburban homes encroach on deer habitat, deer that are fed by admiring humans — or that browse on lawns and garden vegetables — lose their natural fear of people, VerCauteren says.


Since 2008, there have been more deaths:  New Brunswick man dies after deer attack — Outdoors …Wounded Buck Kills Indiana Hunter | Petersen’s Bowhunting  Arkansas Man Kills Deer With Bare Hands In Bedroom …Deer in rut can be a killing machine even if bottle fed from infancy| Farm Press Blog.


I hunt bucks.  They are so intent on having sex, they hardly notice hunters.  This last week, I have seen several bucks with velvet horns rushing about in full daylight, running across roads which causes accidents, too.  They are roaming far and wide while the does keep to their home bases.  Being in strange places leads the bucks into all kinds of dangers and they are quite dangerous to approach when they are aroused and looking to fight someone, anyone.


More than one has smashed picture windows because they see the reflection of a buck there and attack, horns first.  This isn’t unusual out in deer territory like where I live.  On the other hand, today a woodpecker tapped on my living room window because he saw his reflection.  It was quite loud and drove my cats crazy.  So anyways, fall is happening early this year.


Some of the trees are already turning red, quite early.  And the deer are agitated and everyone is trying to cut and stack as much firewood as possible and it is cold, really cold for August.  Brrrr.  So take care if you live in deer territory.  The rut season is about to begin in earnest.


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26 responses to “Cop Shoots ‘Tame’ Whitetail Buck That Suburbanites Foolishly Pet And Feed

  1. Alaskan Ice

    We get the same crap in Alaska: if a photographer is killed by a bear he or she is photographing, then MSM says it’s the photographer’s fault for pissing off the bear, apparently by standing too close.

    But after bears wander into Anchorage city limits, it’s open season for cops to shoot them with beanbags and then finally shotgun them to death, essentially because of where the bears are standing, regardless of whether they’ve actually hurt anyone, or whether anyone has tried to relocate them (further).

    BTW, I’m with the cops on this one. . .

  2. emsnews

    My brother-in-law was the fire chief for Fairbanks once upon a time and he told many stories about the moose and bears!

    Once, a mother moose chased his team into a burning house! The cops then shot her. And yes, bears love garbage bins and can open these like tin cans in a store.

    And are very territorial and aggressive.

  3. melponeme_k

    When I was in Alaska as a child, the bears were not a big a deal as the moose. The moose were deadly and they are well over 6 feet tall and built like mac trucks. They would wander around everyone’s backyards and especially loved tall picket fences which they would rest their heads on.

    The trees are turning in my neighborhood now too.

  4. Jim R

    In south central Texas, the deer eat eveyone’s landscape plants. They are especially fond of roses. People foolishly feed them here, too.

    We finally got a little hot weather, in August. Usually we have several weeks of 100° (40°C) weather every summer, but it looks like a short season here as well.

    Deer have become pests in suburban neighborhoods everywhere, mostly because all the predators have been killed off. Those same neighbors who put out food for the deer will jump right on the phone calling 311 (if they have any sense) or 911 if they hear coyotes singing in the greenbelt. (it’s more sort of a brownbelt in Texas)

  5. larry, dfh

    We used to camp @ Assateague Island, where there are wild horses. I’ve seen a tourist carrying her young child walking in between a mare and her colt. The Park Rangers throw stones @the horses to ‘shoo’ them away from the campsites. I chased a herd out of our campsite, of course the main stallion was the last to leave, and eyed me the whole time. That night he pissed outside my tent door. These are wild animals, and not cute. And deer, white tailed or mule, are very dangerous. But the cop didn’t need to shoot the velvet buck. It wasn’t attacking anyone. Some guys just really like shooting bucks. I’m sure it’s a dick size thing, in which case the buck wins every time, hooves down. This guy could get away with it because he’s ‘The Law’. If I had done it, being out of season, they’d have fined me and taken my gun and possibly my truck.

  6. Jim R

    You have a good point there, Larry. They’re up-armoring all the government departments, from the post office to the water meter readers.. The wildlife management guy could have presumably sedated the buck and carted it off somewhere to get it out of the neighborhood. But Elaine is right, those critters are hazardous.

    Many decades ago, I had a short career as an intern at the zoo. It was educational to get an up-close look at the animals. There were these nasty primates that would spit and throw things and drop trash everywhere. And that was outside the cages.

    In one of the outdoor enclosures where I did periodic maintenance, we had Costa Rican deer. They are little guys, they look kind of like miniature white-tails. About 3 feet tall and weigh about 40 pounds, I guess. Keepers were issued an axe handle to carry when inside the enclosure (it was a rougher time in the zoo business back then). At one point, I clobbered one of the little rascals, and immediately wondered if I’d hit it too hard and it would die. Nope, he got up, shook his head, and went off in the other direction.

    At the beginning of rutting season, a couple of burly biologists would enter the enclosure with a hack saw, and one of them would sit on the little buck while the other one sawed off its antlers. They’d prune all the bucks one by one. It helped with the safety of keepers, but also kept them from injuring the does, or each other. Deer are amazingly aggressive in rut.

  7. emsnews

    Look, shooting the deer means FOOD. Trust me on this one. I eat them. Sedating one so it can be moved is crazy. Harvest and eat: yes.

    As for kids seeing this truth in life: bet the tykes crying about Bambi eat hamburgers.

  8. Jim R

    The news story doesn’t say — was the wildlife officer about to starve to death? Did he take the carcass to the sausage-plant immediately after the shooting? Or just dump it off a country road somewhere for the buzzards?

    And, Larry still has a point: all the various police-like .gov organizations have gone a little too far in this giant Milgram experiment. That asshole shot the buck in off-season, mostly just because he was wearing a badge. I doubt that he was hungry.

    Oh, and listening to the news just now on NPR: apparently the angelic little colored tyke who was shot in Missouri had just robbed a convenience store. He was being arrested for that. For what it’s worth.

    Doesn’t justify all the ridiculous armor the popo’s use these days, but it’s a little harder to paint it as an act of pure racism.

  9. Jim R

    I just re-watched the video, and that deer was small enough that any wildlife biologist worth his salt could have hobbled and hogtied him and hauled him off alive. Probably wouldn’t even need any sedative. He was still in velvet.

    Then they could harvest him or release him somewhere else as desired, and keep the kiddies happy.

  10. emsnews


    I HAVE.

    And it ain’t easy. And the deer is bigger, and wilder than sheep. When I had to administer medicine or clip the wool coats of the sheep, it was a pretty big wrestling match and the sheep were very, very tame and friendly.

    But when I flip them on their backs, they don’t like it.

  11. emsnews

    And why is anyone hostile about eating venison? It is delicious and I make awesome chili out of the tougher cuts. The haunch is wonderful roasted.

    Also, as a girl grown up on a ranch and running a farm as well as living in a city where I had to deal with more than one violent dead body…ahem…children have to be exposed to real life. Living in a fantasy castle protected from knowing where food comes from, for example, is totally wrong.

    Children only freak out if the parent freaks out and many parents raised in this stupid castle of ignorance pass on their phobias to their kids.

    We are, after all, everyone of us, descendants of killer apes who survived the multiple ice ages via killing and eating things and our nearest cousins, like the chimps, kill and eat, too.

  12. Petruchio

    Yes indeed, deer are dangerous animals. I struck one with my car one evening. It was the perfect “strike”. The small buck (probably being chased by a bigger buck during the rut) hit my bumper, causing damage, then hit the hood, causing damage, then hit the roof, causing damage, then hit the trunk, causing damage. I suppose I should be thankful he didn’t damage my rear bumper. I can still picture in my mind the entire length of the buck in my windshield. Had he gone through the windshield, I could have been injured. Deer are the #1 cause of death/injury for humans. Not enormous grizzly bears or mountain lions–or rattle snakes.

  13. CK

    Actually, Venison is so low fat that it is almost tasteless. But mix some decent fat ( cubed cold lard works wonders) with it and venison sausage is decent grub.
    Deer are basically Rats with long legs.
    People who think that a child more than a half a block away from home is in danger are probably not going to wish to have children experience any form of unmediated or un-medicated reality.


    ELAINE: Wrap the thigh in bacon and then cook it on an open fire…yummy. Eat with homemade bread and carrots and wild mushrooms…

  14. Alaskan Ice

    The fact that emsnews has sandwiched this piece about police shooting a “dangerous” young buck between two stories about the Ferguson shooting by police of a large black teenage criminal. . . seems a bit racist.

  15. vengeur

    LOL . Elaine is racist. Dear Elaine , please now genuflect and say you are sorry and repent.

  16. You are more likely to be killed by lightning than a deer attack. I would never attempt to pet a wild buck, but this notion of deer as a deadly menace is just a bit overboard.


    ELAINE: Honest to god, I was hit three times by lightning. Once, in Wisconsin when I was a child, again in Tucson in a Kitt Peak observatory and here on my mountain in NY. This is why I always wear rubber shoes and sit in furniture that has insulation on the feet.

  17. Jim R

    Umm, it isn’t, actually.

    Elaine is a skinny little lady. Maybe a lot meaner than most people her size, but I can appreciate that it was hard for her to hobble a sheep. But a burly field biologist could do such a thing.

    On the other hand, that little Costa Rican deer I mentioned in my story was in rut, and he snuck up on me and knocked me on my butt. Even though I outweighed him by 4 to 1, I found myself looking at him at eye level. That made me mad, and it’s why I hit him so hard with the axe handle. Turned out it was exactly the right thing to do. If the chief zoologist hadn’t sawed off his sharp little antlers, I would have had lacerations from that encounter.

    The zoo had other bovines, large ones, and the keepers were instructed never to go in the enclosures with them. They were always kept behind stout barriers, sedated if they needed any veterinary attention.

    A human child, or even an adult, if caught out in the open with a moose, or whitetail buck in rut, is very likely to be attacked. People get killed every year by members of the bovine family. That sweet little neighborhood pet was on a definite schedule — he was in velvet right now, but when that velvet came off, he would have been looking for something to joust with.

  18. emsnews

    Geeze, I read a story about a deer being shot and noted, since the article didn’t mention this, that male deer are dangerous, and people here think this is racist?


    Strange world we live in here. I was going to write about a dangerous swan in England and will tomorrow. Ahem. Yes, swans also can and have killed people.

    And further: I know how to control them! Due to herding geese when I was a child.

  19. Petruchio

    I used to work with raptors (eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, etc.) as a volunteer for almost 4 years. The biggest ones, like the Great Horned Owls, wouldn’t signal fear or show signs of aggression right away. I think this is because in the wild, not many raptors will mess with them. No, the meanest ones were the Kestrels and the saw whet owls-the smallest raptors who would fight you the most when you tried to grab them from their cages for treatment. It’s one reason why, as a volunteer, the very first raptor you would grab from its cage would be a Great Horned owl. Very strong, but once you had them under control, they wouldn’t fight much. Kestrels and owl never gave up fighting you.

  20. emsnews

    Yes. Last night, a great horned owl was hooting in a tree right next to my house. Very loudly.

    So I opened a window and hooted back. He sat there for a few minutes, in shock. Then flew off.

    It is amusing to hoot at owls at night, I do this often. 🙂 Hoo hoot to hoo.

  21. Jim R

    We used to have screech owls in the greenbelt near our house. They made such a strange sound that I had to ask people what the sound was. Eventually, we put a box on a tree right in our back yard, and a screech owl came and made a nest there, and we had little fuzzy gray babies. They weren’t afraid of the dogs, because the box was high enough in the tree. And the dogs kept them safe from stray cats and varmints.

    But they disappeared in the drought of 2011. A full scale La Nina event. It rained _less_ here that year than it did in the Chihuahuan Desert. There weren’t even insects — this year at least, there are cicadas buzzing in the trees, and a few other things, like mosquitoes. In 2011, we could go out in the woods with no repellent on and never get bitten. That fall, the wildfires made the news. This part of Texas looks sort of like southern California, there is a lot of brush and scrubby little trees. We were ready to load the dogs in the car and take off if the nearby canyon started smoking.

    Anyway, the screech owls disappeared and have not returned. The drought must have killed off all the mice. Oh, and we haven’t seen many possums or skunks or raccoons since then either. A few, but not like before.

  22. Petruchio

    @Elaine: Hoo do you think you are? HAHAHAHA

  23. emsnews

    Athena? 🙂

  24. Elaine: Yikes! One near-miss was enough to scare the stuffing out of me. Remind me not to be too close to you in a thunder storm. 🙂

    Jim: I was only talking about deer, like whitetail or mule deer. I never said that bulls are not dangerous, or moose, cape buffalo, or other much larger bovines. City folks treating a buck like cartoon Bambi were asking for it.

  25. Jim R

    Just ride ’em rope ’em brand ’em
    Don’t try to understand ’em

  26. emsnews

    My ox team, Chip and Dale, understood an amazing amount of English. I drove them by talking to them, you know.

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