Thu 18 Apr, 2019 9:20 pm
Fri 19 Apr, 2019 5:41 pm
peregrinator wrote:I've sometimes thought about asking our resident deer expert, sambar358, about whether these animals could be a potential threat to humans. Especially those of us who don't carry firearms.
I've camped in close proximity to a few. The first experience was genuinely frightening, as I had no idea of what was producing the very loud call, seemingly just beside my tent. On subsequent occasions, even though I now knew it was a Sambar, I've still wondered whether it might cause some intended or unintended damage, to me and/or my tent. I've rationalised this by assuming the deer may be as alarmed at my presence as I am by it's, so I've expected it to keep at a distance. But now I'd like to know more, if possible.
Sat 20 Apr, 2019 6:17 am
Sat 20 Apr, 2019 8:04 am
Xplora wrote:I recall a survival survey which was posted on this forum and one of the questions related to animals which you should be most afraid of because they were dangerous. It was directed to the US but deer were the biggest killers of people. More than bears and mountain lions.
Sat 20 Apr, 2019 9:39 am
Wed 24 Apr, 2019 5:54 pm
sambar358 wrote:Xplora wrote:I recall a survival survey which was posted on this forum and one of the questions related to animals which you should be most afraid of because they were dangerous. It was directed to the US but deer were the biggest killers of people. More than bears and mountain lions.
The US deer species......elk, whitetail, mule deer and moose all have a defined rut like the red and fallow deer in Australia......so 2-3 weeks of intense mating activity when all the females are in season at once and all the breeding males are very keen to get part of the action. If we could delve a bit deeper into the US statistics on this I would suspect that the timing of the US deaths due to deer where mostly during the rut and often caused by careless people getting too close to rutting males rather than these males seeking-out people to take their frustration out on.
Fri 07 Jun, 2019 2:00 pm
Fri 14 Jun, 2019 7:46 pm
Sun 16 Jun, 2019 9:19 am
Mon 17 Jun, 2019 12:03 pm
sambar358 wrote:No recreational hunting permitted on public land in the ACT = deer problem.....who would have thought that ! Cheers
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