It’s Rutting Season!
Safety tips when encountering deer during the fall in Marin County
- Fall is breeding season for deer
- Commonly referred to as “rutting season” or “The Rut”
- During rutting season bucks can be highly aggressive and unpredictable, due to elevated testosterone levels
- During this time please exercise caution and give deer plenty of space, especially the bucks
- Never approach or crowd deer, it is best to avoid them
- Even if you encounter just a doe, is it very possible a buck is somewhere close by
Please feel welcomed to give us a call at WildCare, 415-453-1000, if you have questions or concerns about the wildlife in the Bay Area. We have lots of information on hand and we are always glad to share it.
While deer eating your plants can be frustrating here is a little story about something you should never do.
The other morning I looked out my kitchen window that overlooks the road in front of my house. I watched a doe (our native ruminant species here is blacktail or black-tailed deer) swiftly trot by. I saw a beautiful, 4 point buck trotting behind her in hot pursuit. I estimated him to be about 5 years old weighing about 200 lbs. He was regal, magnificent and because of the time of year, full of testosterone.
I was horrified to see a man chasing this powerful buck. I said to myself, “this man has no idea how he is placing himself at risk for being charged and gored”. This is rutting season also known as “The Rut”. It is the time of year when ruminant species such as deer are breeding. As a result the bucks (male deer) are extremely aggressive and unpredictable due to their elevated testosterone levels. This is the time of year when deer are to be avoided and given plenty of space. Even if you see just a doe walking or milling about, there is a high probability that a buck is close by.
During rutting season more people killed by deer than any other time of year. If you get too close to a buck during the rut, there is a high probability you could be charged. I heard a story from an employee here at WildCare. A friend of hers was driving down the road, and it was during rutting season. He came across two bucks, their heads down and they were engaged in combat. This driver then decided to stop the car and get out to watch. One of bucks decided to turn and charged his little Volkswagen bug. The driver luckily escaped injury and learned a valuable lesson about rutting season.
Back to the gentleman chasing the buck. He was angry that the deer were eating the ivy on his hillside so he decided to chase after them, large stick in hand. This buck and doe then climbed down the hill beside my house and were content to munch on the apples that had recently fallen from several small apple trees. I then educated my neighbor about rutting season and peaceful co-existence. I told him how fortunate he was that he wasn’t charged and killed. My thoughts were that this buck was so exhausted from all the amorous activities of the past few weeks, and was so pre-occupied with this sweet little doe that he just didn’t seem to care much.
So please. During rutting season please be sensible and respectful. It could save your life.
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