When you think of dangerous animals, you probably think of animals such as sharks, snakes, or scorpions, right? But what about deer? Do deer ever attack people and are these seemingly harmless animals dangerous? Read on for more information.
Do deer attack humans?
For the most part, deer are generally very docile and timid. It is extremely rare for deer to attack humans, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen. Whenever an animal is cornered and scared, they might attack, but that is just so that they can get free. Rutting bucks are also more likely to attack than any other deer.
A rutting male becomes more territorial and aggressive than usual, and they also lose a lot of the fear that they have towards people. Rutting season is the period from mid-October to early December where deer mate.
Due to the fact that the deer population is rapidly growing and the fact that humans are expanding the areas they live more and more to the places that were traditionally where deer lived unbothered by humans, there has been a large increase in deer and human contact.
The more that deer and humans are together, the more that there is a risk for a deer attack, but it is still fairly low.
How can I prevent a deer attack?
If you see a deer while you are out, immediately move away from where the deer is. Turn away from the deer and slowly retreat – a deer is much less likely to attack if you do that than if you stand your ground.
If you cannot leave the area and the deer seems like it is getting ready to attack, try to make yourself look as big as possible and make a lot of noise, such as puffing your chest out, sticking your arms out, and shouting. If you are attacked, protect your head and face from being kicked.
Deer can appear to be very peaceful but they can suddenly rise up and strike if they feel threatened.
Do deer attack pets?
Deer do not usually seek out to pick a fight, but they will attack if they feel threatened. It is possible that deer will attack a pet dog or cat, but this usually occurs during the springtimes when a deer feels that the pet is a threat to the deer babies (known as fawns). If you live in an area with deer and you have a pet that usually goes in your yard unsupervised, it is recommended that you build a fence that is at least six feet tall surrounding your yard. This will keep nosy deer out of your yard.
Are deer dangerous?
Aside from the occasional deer attack, deer can also carry diseases that can make humans sick. Deer can carry ticks that have Lyme disease which can be dangerous to humans if left untreated. People can come in contact with these infected deer ticks if they get too close to a deer or attempt to feed or pet them.
But experts say that the bigger threat is the threat that humans pose to deer. On top of falling victim to hunting or being hit by cars, deer are also at risk because they are getting too close to people. Deer are wild animals and they should behave like wild animals.
When deer become reliant on people feeding them, they lose the fear of humans that is actually beneficial to them. For this reason, feeding wild deer is illegal in a lot of parts of the country.
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Do moose attack humans?
Believe it or not, moose are actually members of the deer family. These animals are the largest member of this family and are actually the tallest mammals that are found in North America. Like smaller deer, moose are not naturally aggressive animals, but they will attack if they are being harassed by people or other animals, or if they are overly hungry or tired.
Moose are actually pretty dangerous if they do attack. In fact, in the state of Alaska, where there is a large population of both moose and grizzly bears, more people are injured from a moose attack than a bear attack each year. If you see a moose in the wild, keep your distance for your, and the animal’s, safety.