September 21, 2015

Cranbrook, BC (September 21, 2015) --  Residents and visitors are advised to continue to exercise both caution and common sense this fall, as the autumn deer mating period or the fall rut begins.  

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 may remain wary and potentially aggressive toward humans with dogs,” says Chris Zettel, Corporate Communications Officer for the City of Cranbrook.  “Now we may also see an increase in activity from the local urban buck population.   You are reminded to please 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 urbandeer@cranbrook.ca.

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