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—USATODAY.com – 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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