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Old 01-03-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
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Deer Behavior

Does anybody know anything about deer behavior? We have a large deer that seems to have taken up residence on our patio. It spends all day sleeping with its head right against our sliding glass door. It leaves around 3pm, and is back each morning.

It has a serious limp on one leg and a large lump that might be either an abscess or a tumor just behind that leg. I think it is rather emaciated, but I am not that used to seeing deer this close up in the winter, so I'm not sure.

We are planning on leaving for Florida next week, so I will need to unplug the heater in the bird bath where it drinks. I am hoping that I don't return to find a dead deer on my door step. I contacted DNR, but they were no help at all. Their advice is to do nothing.

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Old 01-03-2014, 05:56 PM   #2
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Take Bambi to Florida with you. It will really appreciate the warmer climate.
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I'd let nature take its course.
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Yikes. Hopefully, with shutting down his/her watering hole, that may be enough for it to go somewhere else.
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Call local animal control, or a deer rescue, they can help in situations like this.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:36 PM   #6
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Call local animal control, or a deer rescue, they can help in situations like this.
The county animal control and the state DNR both said that it will likely recover on its own, and that we should do nothing.

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Old 01-03-2014, 11:18 PM   #7
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The county animal control and the state DNR both said that it will likely recover on its own, and that we should do nothing.

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how about the humane society or animal shelter?
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Remember that you will not do the deer any good by trying to keep helping it unless you want to actually keep it somewhat as a pet. As harsh as it sounds shut the heat off to the water and let it go. If it's hurt too bad you will not be able to help it anyway and if it's not then it will heal on it's own.
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Remember that you will not do the deer any good by trying to keep helping it unless you want to actually keep it somewhat as a pet. As harsh as it sounds shut the heat off to the water and let it go. If it's hurt too bad you will not be able to help it anyway and if it's not then it will heal on it's own.
Hard to say isn't it? On one hand, it probably just needs some time to recover in a safe place, and who doesn't love to help animals? But on the other hand, you can't personally always be perfectly responsible for it either.

If it were me, I would of course leave the water on as long as I could, and I would probably put some deer feed out too. If the deer hung around as an adopted pet for a while, so be it.

If it was sick to the point where it was really suffering, I would put it down swiftly.
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oh and by the way, if I were leaving town and I HAD to shut off the water, I would shut off the water and let the deer fair on it's own.
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Had similar issue with an elk. Made itself a home next to an in-ground plastic waterfall/pond landscaping arrangement (was on a high point on our lot). We got no help from the County until the animal died, unfotunately. Think elk/deer must instinctively seek safety at high spots, adjacent to water. We didn't know unitl they hauled the animal off, but it looked to have been grazed by a car and had worked its way up the plastic pond to recuperate. \ken
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Hard to say isn't it? On one hand, it probably just needs some time to recover in a safe place, and who doesn't love to help animals? But on the other hand, you can't personally always be perfectly responsible for it either.

If it were me, I would of course leave the water on as long as I could, and I would probably put some deer feed out too. If the deer hung around as an adopted pet for a while, so be it.

If it was sick to the point where it was really suffering, I would put it down swiftly.
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we have anywhere from 2 to 16 or more that take refuge in our yard around the wood pile and help themselves to the bird food on the ground. this happens about 2 months out of the year, usually around hunting season

he may just need a safe place in his mind to heal up and then will leave.
if he is sick he will go out and depart and the coyotes or buzzards will get dinner, it may sound cruel but mother nature does know best
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When is deer season?

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When is deer season?



Right now here in North Florida.
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