Dogs can be lethal to deer

Dear editor,

They are everywhere, running amok in parks, wetlands, forests and even on the beach, or perhaps they’re asleep by the fire.

Yes, the family dog, which if not effectively controlled, becomes a deadly invasive species. Dogs are born to chase, they can’t help it, we encourage it with a stick, ball or toy. Some dogs are satisfied with those distractions but most, if they get the opportunity, follow their noses which can cause horrible consequences for the indigenous animals that are just minding their own business.

Their intention is not to hunt to survive but to chase for fun.

When a deer is chased into the ocean, more often than not, it drowns. When a deer is chased into a fence, more often than not it dies of a broken neck (hopefully instantly). When a doe heavy with fawn is chased through the woods it can spontaneously abort, and both mother and baby die. We are learning to have respect for indigenous peoples, why not indigenous animals?

The deer are behaving as they should and we are in their domain. Humans and dogs are the intruders and should respect the rights of animals that are meant to be there.

If not for the sake of wild animals, keep Fido under control for their own safety.

As for the argument that there are too many deer anyway, I would like to argue that there are too many people who, as I’m sure you are aware, are destroying the planet – thereby making us the deadliest of invasive species!

Edina Johnston

Denman Island



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