Aggressive deer chases man, cars

  • Jun. 12, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Saanich police are reminding people that deer, though intriguing, are wild animals that are prone to aggressive behaviour.

Last Tuesday, a doe chased down a pedestrian and pursued passing cars in an area along San Pedro Avenue in Gordon Head.

Nobody was injured, though the pedestrian, walking with his dog, had to pick up his pet and run  – with the doe “in hot pursuit,” said police.

“People are advised to give deer a significant distance whether you see a fawn or not,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. “While we enjoy the presence of the wildlife in our community, these are still wild creatures. They are large animals that possess much strength and can cause severe injury to people and small animals.”

The aggressiveness was witnessed by an animal control officer, who said the deer charged pedestrians, stopping just short of contact.

Last July, a woman was walking with her dog in the 1600-block of Bousson Dr. when a doe chased them, and stomped on her pet.

Anyone who has concerns about wildlife in their neighbourhood can call Saanich police at 250-475-4321.

kslavin@saanichnews.com