Mule deer are entering their mating season — “the rut” — and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone to be careful around deer, and especially bucks, which can act aggressively at this time of year.
Colorado residents are also asked to remove items from their yards in which deer can be entangled. Items include hammocks, game nets, swings, lawn chairs, tomato cages, kids’ toys, bicycles and hanging lights. Wandering bucks are prone to get tangled in backyard items.
Bucks have a one-track mind at this time of year — they want a mate. So they can become agitated if any other animal, object or person appears to be posing a challenge. Dogs are often targets and they can be badly injured by a buck’s antlers. Several attacks have been reported around the state this fall.
Deer can become aggressive toward humans. Do no try to get close for that selfie. The rut lasts until about mid-December; those who live in an area where a lot of deer are seen, take precautions.
Keep dogs on a leash.On walks, with or without a dog, stay as far away from deer as possible.Don’t allow dogs to roam free.Make sure dogs are safe when it’s outside.Never let dogs chase deer or other wildlife.Never leave food outside that could attract wildlife.Tell children not to approach deer or any other wildlifeFor more information, visit www.cpw.state.co.us.