September 26, 2016

Cranbrook, BC (September 26, 2016) -- Focus on the local urban deer population shifts away from aggressive does to the upcoming autumn deer mating period or the fall rut.  Residents and visitors are advised to continue to exercise both caution and common sense.  

“This is a transition stage in the year where we will start to see an increase in activity from our local urban buck population,” says Chris Zettel, Communications Officer with the City of Cranbrook. “Issues of aggression by bucks during the annual rut are not common, but it is still important that our residents at least be aware.”

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.

“Some does with fawns may also remain wary and potentially aggressive toward people with dogs through the fall,” says Zettel.  “We are asking that you try your best to give deer plenty of space to move or leave the area.   Please do not walk closer to the deer; try and find another route.”

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

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