Deer are Wild Animals. Please do not hand feed them.
I thought about the best place to post this thread, and this is the best I came up with. If anyone can advise me as to a better place to post it, I'm open to suggestions. I lived in shannondale for about 10 years, and I now live in Riverview Park. I've been in the area for about 15 years. I am an experienced deer hunter.
This morning at about 07:50, I was walking our small dog in riverview park, when I saw a herd of deer in the woods. One large doe, at least one fawn, and several smaller does. The large doe began stamping, and WALKING TOWWARDS me. The entire herd then began to follow me down the street from the side of the road. I stomped and yelled, and the herd just came closer. I continued walking, occasionally stopping stamping and lunging towards them in a 'threatening' manner, intending to scare them off. They eventually stopped following me.
About 6 months ago, a doe and a spike buck were in my old neighbor's open yard (the house is now unoccupied). My 9 year old son was in the road just across the street, and the buck stamped, did not flag, and beagn APPROACHING my son.
We all love wildlife, but that's exactly what it is, wildlife. Deer are supposed to fear people. If they become tame, they become more unpredictable. A whitetail buck can weigh 250lbs or more, and our kids, that weigh considerably less are out playing in the community.
I'm not yelling at anyone or trying to flame anyone. I'm just making a suggestion for the safety of ourselves and our children. I have been hunting and watching deer in the wild (and in different communities) for 30 some years, and NEVER in my life have had them stomping thier hooves (a threat response), and then FOLLOWING me. I cannot magine any reason for this, except that some of us, obviously with no bad intent, are 'taming' them, one way or another. Just a theory, do what you want with it.
Thanks for you consideration
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