This afternoon, while walking in Louise Hays Park with his two dogs, John Steadham and his wife heard a scream. Steadham’s first thought was that children must be playing somewhere near. The couple continued walking when they heard the scream again, even closer this time. After hearing the sound a second and third time, they decided to investigate where it was coming from. They followed the noise to discover a lady and her small dog being cornered by a large aggressive doe.
Steadham says that the woman was holding her dog in one hand and had a stick in the other. She was using the stick to try and appear larger than she was in hopes that the deer would get scared and run away but it didn’t seem to be working.
Steadham urgently offered the woman some help, to which she accepted. Steadham had his two hunting dogs with him, Ginger Tot and Ella Gator. He explains that his dogs are very well trained so he let them off their leashes in hopes they would scare the deer away.
The two dogs chased after the deer, barking. They were able to scare the deer into fleeing away and promptly returned to Steadham.
As the Steadhams and woman recouped from the initial attack, the deer snuck up behind them with the intent to attack again.
Steadham describes the second encounter, “The deer was sneaking up on us so quietly that one of my dogs didn’t even notice her until she was right behind us.” The doe was so close to them that when the dogs attempted to scare her away again, she kicked one of the dogs in the face.
Once the deer was frightened away the second time, the group decided it would be best for them to get out of the area.
“If I wasn’t in the area with my well-trained dogs, there is no telling how this encounter would have ended,” he says.
Steadham tells KBN, “This wasn’t the first time I have seen this happen.” He had another incident like this last year where a doe tried to attack him three times.
During the spring months, when does are having their fawns, the mothers will do everything in their power to protect their babies. Sometimes, unknowingly, walkers and park-goers enter the deer’s territory and the deer feel the need to protect their young.
Please be careful while you are out and about enjoying the outdoor areas and parks. Be observant and if you ever come across an aggressive deer, it is advised to turn around and walk away from the deer. By standing up to the deer, the animal can take this as a challenge and become even more aggressive.
No animals or humans were injured in this interaction.