Aggressive deer attacks tourist
Aug 21, 2013 / 1:30 pm
A Vancouver woman in Kelowna on business was attacked by a mother deer on a path near Sunset Drive Wednesday.
The incident occurred about 10 a.m.
Manuela Mirechi, who was born in Kelowna, says she was walking her two dogs along the path when she encountered the doe and her baby.
"I was just on the trail walking and I stood still and thought I would snap a picture and it started coming at me," says Mirechi.
"It got really close so I started to back away. The more I backed up - it lowered its head, flattened back its ears, started huffing and sort of bouncing on its front legs."
Mirechi says the more she backed up the more aggressive the deer became.
"It came, I'm not kidding, within six inches of me. It went on its back legs and I lunged back into the brush. I thought I was going to have to jump into the creek," says Mirechi.
"It was really aggressively protecting its baby and I was not approaching her. I was trying to back away and it was not letting me."
She says the deer backed up about 10 feet and held its ground while she was in the bushes.
Mirechi says she scrambled sideways through the bushes and continued to back up, however, the deer continued to follow her for a good 400 feet, keeping that same 10 foot separation.
"Finally it turned around and bounced into the bushes with its baby.
If my dogs had been aggressive or put out my hand, I don't know what would have happened. It was pretty scary."
Marechi contacted Castanet about her encounter to warn people to be careful in the area around Sunset Drive Park and Rotary Marsh.
This is not the first instance of aggressive deer in the Okanagan.
Two years ago there were several reports of aggressive deer in the Penticton area.
At the time conservation officer, Bob Hamilton, said does are very protective of their young.
He said rather than run, deer have learned to become aggressive.
While avoiding a confrontation with an aggressive deer is always the best course of action, Hamilton said at the time carrying a walking stick is recommended because it can be used to fend off animals.
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