One of my favourite photographs of my late grandmother is shot of her feeding a deer in the forest during a trip to Jasper National Park years ago.
She has a priceless look of astonishment on her face as the deer, obviously used to people using the nearby trails, accepts a bit of bread from her hand.
We don't seem to think of deer in the same way as, say, bears or coyotes, with close contact to be avoided. I mean, it's Bambi. What's the harm in making friends?
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But as wildlife experts will tell you, deer aren't any more suitable candidates for being our animal pals than a cougar or a grizzly. In fact, they've become a particular nuisance in some B.C. communities as a population boom brings them into closer contact with humans.
A woman in Kimberley, in southeastern B.C., suffered cuts and bruises in 2011 after being stomped by an aggressive deer while walking her small dogs, The Canadian Press reported at the time. It's thought theRead More »from Violent incidents with deer prompt plan for cull in B.C., angering activists