BC Conservation forced to euthanize fawn attacked by off-leash dog

Fawn mauled, killed by pet

The BC Conservation Officer Service tells castanet they were forced to euthanize a fawn mule deer in Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park on November 7, 2021.

"A dog was observed viciously chasing, mutilating, and injuring a fawn mule deer in the Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park area. Conservation Officers attended the area having to euthanize the injured deer due to injuries sustained during the dog attack," says BC Conservation's Ken Owens. The dog owner was located and has been charged under the Wildlife Act for causing or allowing a dog to pursue wildlife.

Owens says cases of dogs chasing, injuring, and killing deer or harassing wildlife are being reported in many areas of British Columbia this fall.

"Pet owners are responsible for the actions of their animals," Owens says. Conservation Officers can destroy a dog found to be chasing deer or harassing wildlife, and owners can be fined up to $100,000 and imprisonment for one year or both under the Wildlife Act.

"At this time of year, snow in the mountains drives deer searching for food into valleys. In winter, deer and other wildlife are weaker than a well-fed household pet. A five-minute chase can cause a deer to die from shock or exhaustion," according to Ownes. Deer may also be frightened into swimming beyond their capability or running over cliffs or into fences.

The BCCOS says a dog's natural instinct is to chase wildlife and pet owners can help protect wildlife - and their pets – by keeping them on a leash when out and secure when they are not at home.

Tips for dog owners:

  • Keep your dog on a leash, securely tied, or fenced when you are not at home. Dog-control legislation is enforced throughout the province, and fines are imposed for infractions.
  • If your dog happens to get off its leash, ensure you can stop it from chasing any type of wildlife with verbal commands.
  • Report wildlife harassment to Report All Poachers Polluters 1-877-952-7277 (WILD)

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