Fairfield family is concerned about aggressive behaviour of deer
A Victoria family is warning others after a dangerous encounter with a deer this summer.
It happened in their fenced back yard.
As Mary Griffin reports, the concern now is for children in the area.
It was just a regular morning on July 8th, when Susanne Yakimovich let her Jack Russell terrier into the family’s fenced in backyard.
“There was a deer in the yard which happens quite often around here.
But when they sense a dog in the yard, they hop over the fence.
But this morning, they didn’t.”
A doe that regularly visits their property did something Yakimovich had never seen before.
“The dog went to the fence and was right beside the deer, and it used its hind legs to kick at her.
I had to go out there and take her to the vet and find out she wasn’t going to make it.”
And now the concern after the death of their family pet, is for their children.
Marissa and Nick Yakimovich now know to stay away from the deer that frequent their back yard.
“You shouldn’t go close to it because it could kick you.
And they are vicious.”
“Don’t run at a deer in people’s yard.”
Incidents involving deer and dogs are not common, but do they occur.
This 2010 video is of a deer attacking a dog in Cranbrook with the owner a short distance away screaming for help.
The dog was injured, but recovered.
One year ago, a deer killed this nine year old Yorkie named Ollie in the front yard of his Oak Bay home.
Yakimovich points to other damage caused by the deer in the yard.
“This was quite a full Japanese maple.
But as you can see the bucks use it to take the velvet off their antlers.
So, they’ve done a bit of damage to that.”
Yakimovich grew up in this house located in Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood where there were no deer.
But that’s changed over the years.
Deer are now commonplace and appear to have no fear of dogs, or people.
“I’m an animal lover but large, wild, powerful animal that I don’t think for their sake, and ours, the city’s not the place for them.”
With breeding season about to begin, Yakomovich is concerned that the some of the aggressive behaviour may spill over again into her back yard.
That could result in another loss for her family or her neighbours.