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My own 'terrorist' attack
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Dennis in Ma    Posted 06-11-2002 at 12:36:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in a relatively small town on 4 acres of wooded property backed up to several thousand acres of woods. We have had many problems with deer over the years and have just about given up on having any flowering bushes or fruit on our lower branches.

Recently we have seen a doe getting very close to our house in the early morning and evening hours. It is not very scared of us either as it will get to within 10-15 feet of us before it scampers away. The last several mornings it's been grazing in the woods directly beside our driveway.

We have a little dog - about 11 pounds - a Shihitzu and each morning we let her out for her rounds of the trees and things within about 100 feet of the house. We suddenly heard her yiping for her life. When we looked out the doe was attaking poor little Mindy, causing her to be tossed around as she frantically ran for her life towards the house. We couldn't tell if the doe was biting her or stomping on her but she was consistantly being rolled over as she tried to run for the house. The poor little dog was terrorized with fear. My wife got to the door first and the deer and dog were about 20 feet from the steps, the doe still hot on the little dog'd trail. The little dogs legs are about 4 inches long and she was no match for the doe. My wife went outside and scared the deer away and rescues the little pup.

We have no idea why a deer would act this way. The dog is 12 years old partly blind, completely docile and never barks or would do anything to rate the ire of the doe.

We have not seen any fawns. We have never heard of rabies in a deer. We are at a loss as to why this 'terrorist' deer would attack this little dog with such a vengence.

We were wishing we had had a video camera ready as it was quite comical if you could overlook the fear and the danger to the poor little dog. Might have won some money on a TV video show with it.

Any one have any ideas as to why a doe would turn to terror ????

screamingholloqw    Posted 06-15-2002 at 02:36:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
try a few busted raw eggs around the property Deer are supposed to hate the smell. My uncle used to give us three or four eggs every week to hurl and break around his place, to keep deer away from his garden and trees.

Jim    Posted 06-12-2002 at 19:12:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had a similar situation with our 6 pound toy poodle. She is 13 and got into the pasture with the horses by accident. The horses went nuts and were trying to trample her as she ran for her life. I was able to rescue her after she had suffered a couple of hoof smacks. Luckily she was not hurt but was rolled around pretty hard.
The horses thought it was a rat, I guess, and they were &^%$#@ bent to kill her

TimC    Posted 06-11-2002 at 14:25:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'll probably see one or two fawns grazing with her pretty soon or (no offense intended) she finally had all that yap yap yap she could stand.....

Sned    Posted 06-11-2002 at 14:00:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suppose it could have either been released or got away from captivity. There are several folks around where we live here in SE Ohio that have deer fenced in. I think there is a market for "domestic" venison.
Could explain it not being affraid of humans.

Salmoneye    Posted 06-11-2002 at 13:55:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is very rare, but deer CAN certainly carry and sufer from rabies.
Also, there is a 'worm' that gets in their brain that will make them act weird.
Either call the F&G in your area or shoot it...

Brain Worm    Posted 06-11-2002 at 13:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]

The Rebel    Posted 06-11-2002 at 13:21:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
The 3 s's: shoot, shovel and shut up! I have never heard of a deer chasing a dog before, but if your little dog is getting feeble, I suppose it could happen. I bet there is a fawn around nearby. I wish they would get rid of all the deer for 361 square miles around me. They are a real pest.

Greg VT...YOU mean    Posted 06-11-2002 at 13:35:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shoot,shovel, and saute'.

This is venison we're talking about...

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-11-2002 at 12:46:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I doubt if this had anything to do with your situation. But, I was reading yesterday about "chronic wasting disease" in the deer population in Wisconsin. The article said it was similar to mad cow disease. They are trying to kill all the deer on 361 square miles.

Les    Posted 06-11-2002 at 12:42:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
The mother instinct.

TB    Posted 06-11-2002 at 13:44:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree. I have seen this before usualy when new fawns are around.

WallSal55    Posted 06-11-2002 at 13:04:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hang Ivory Soap from your trees. Also, you can
find a lot of deer repellant advice on garden
websites, etc. Even at your local home/lumber
supply store in the gardening section may have
deer repellants. (sp.?) Actually, we have so
many deer running across the road near us, that
sometimes I throw my old apples into the back
woods past our new trees to keep them out of the yard. I heard they love apples!

Hogman*** YEP!    Posted 06-11-2002 at 16:53:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

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