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The Deer Fawn and the Doggie Door

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I’m pretty sure that if I saw a deer coming in through my doggie door, I would be the one frozen in headlights. I don’t think that grabbing my phone to catch a video would even cross my mind. I imagine, though, that as soon as I recovered enough from the initial shock I would gain enough of my senses back to do something. But what should you do?

It would seem that, though this does tend to happen on occasion, it’s not such a popular occurrence to warrant a how to. So I’ll try my best.

What Should You Do if a Deer Enters Your House?

Usually deer will avoid places where dogs reside. Dogs look so much like a few of their natural predators, that deer will likely not take the risk. Some deer are so familiar with humans and their pets, that they have lost their fear of us. Maybe sometimes they just get confused, but that seems to be when you’ll find one them standing in your living room. Then you’re the one who’s confused and you’re both off guard. This is when mistakes can happen and someone can get seriously injured. They may look innocent and sweet, but deer are very powerful animals.

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Where the deer enters your house and where you are when you find it, make a big difference in how you could approach the situation. If the deer comes in through a window in a bedroom and you notice it right away, you could shut the door and it will likely leave the way it came. If it doesn’t, you could call the local police or a wildlife rescue.

If you don’t notice it right away and the deer is wandering around in your house, then you have a couple options. If you can get to a door leading outside, then you could leave it wide open in the hopes of drawing it back out. If you can’t then go to a room with a door that closes, preferably a different one than the deer used as an entrance. You can either wait it out, safe in your room with the door closed, or call for help. The doggy door situation would fall in line with this scenario.

If you find yourself in a position where you’re cornered and the deer seems aggressive, try not to turn away from it. If you can slowly back away to a secure room or closet, do that and shut yourself in.

Luckily, being in a house gives you a few items to work with if you can’t get away. You can grab whatever is within reach, a couch cushion or a kitchen chair, and place it between you as a barrier. If you have nothing to work with, try to make yourself look big and scary. Put your arms up and yell at the deer, if it thinks you’re too dangerous it might reconsider attacking you.

If it charges anyway, try to gain control of its most dangerous feature. Their antlers and front hooves will be what you’re after. Be brave and remember, it’s you or the deer. If you just can’t do it then roll yourself into a ball, covering your head with your arms. Making yourself so small could take away the threat that you exuded while upright. Hopefully the deer will just move on.

Living close to the wild abundance of nature has its advantages and disadvantages. This video gives us a mild view of what could happen. I watched a lot of videos before deciding on this one. Some were bloody and didn’t end well for the deer. Watching the wildlife in their habitat is far more preferable to seeing them in ours.

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Julie Antonson

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