Since 2005 we have lived in a wooded community in northwest Arkansas. Deer are abundant here and are very tame as they haven’t been hunted in this 4500-acre development for over 50 years.
We brought home our Cocker Spaniel Boo in 2008 when he was 8 weeks old and he spent his early years chasing rabbits and barking at the deer in the field next to our house.
We enjoyed seeing the deer and never noticed any aggression from them. Then in the spring of 2015, a fawn that had been hidden in the tall grass in the field next door was killed by a bush hog mower.
Every morning after that a doe came and stood in the field … during that time, Boo chased her. She then chased him all around the field and back to our house, all of which I witnessed.
Later that year several deer came across the yard and one chased Boo, caught him and rolled him but he got away and ran back to the house where I was standing at the gate of the small fenced area below the deck. The doe came within 5 feet of the gate, stood and looked at me, snorting and stamping her hooves before running off.