Deer Take Over Town, Force Residents To Stay Indoors

Submitted by: daegog 2 months ago in News & Politics

According to the CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), the Alberta town of Okotoks has been overrun with aggressive deer, forcing residents to seek the safety of the indoors. No humans have been harmed at this point, but at least one dog has. Many of the deer attacks have been occurring when residents have been out walking their dogs.

Part of the problem is rutting season, the period in the fall when male deer compete with another for mates and exhibit more aggressive behavior. Another factor is the town's abundance of fruit trees and vegetable gardens, which are luring the deer into the residents' yards.

Okotoks Parks Manager Christa Michailuck has been offering some advice to the community. "Maybe it's fencing off your garden vegetables, or picking crabapples in the fall when they're loose and easy to get off the trees, not leaving pumpkins out," she said. "There are motion sensor sprinklers. Spray them with the hose, get them out of the yard."

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Male 178
ONE hurt dog...god help them,, give them strength...
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Male 10,075
briandarf LOL... yes, maybe I should've taken a pass on this one. Looking back on it, this CBC story had "Slow News Day" written all over it.
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Male 3,052
squrlz4ever We have too many here in the Carolinas. But then we look at the bright side and say "Looks like meats back on the menu boys!"
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Male 6,337
i gotta meet the people that wont go outside cause of too many deer..  wow they are so scary. i mean yeah at night when there's no light and you hear one snort then leap and devour your dog andtear after you with a vicious state of evil and you try to make it back to your car, but you hear it gaining and snorting, then the blackness. and the sound of hoof on skull.... then nothing.
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Male 2,345
rumham "I gotta meet the people that wont go outside cause of too many deer."
You should visit Southern Oregon. People here feed the deer, and the bears, and the raccoons, and the possums, and the rats. They believe that the wild animals have more of a right here than we do.
Of course, with so many deer leaving the woods to take up residence in town, the mountain lions are following them, because deer are prey. There are more missing dogs and cats than there used to be.
Now it's common for a lion to kill a deer in a residential neighborhood, because that's where they are. Recently a lion killed a deer next to an elementary school. It's only a matter of time.
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Male 6,337
semichisam01 just wait until they feed on you.
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Male 2,345
rumham I only have to outrun you.
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Male 6,337
semichisam01 yeh but i told them where you live
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Male 98
I'm not going to lie. I misread that headline as "Deer takes over town," and I thought to myself "That's one bad-ass deer!"
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Male 287
So close to Okotoks. Well in calgary they  have coyote issues in certain parts.Maybe they should meet up and greet each other
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