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Living with Urban Deer Reminders

The most common deer in Ashland are black-tailed deer. With mating season from November to early December, most fawns are born in late May into June. During this time and after, does become very protective of their fawns and view humans and animals as predators. It is important to be aware of this and take the following precautions: 
• Don’t ever approach does or their fawns 
• Deer always move forward. Be sure to give them enough space and a clear path forward.
• If a deer responds to your appearance by raising its ears, scratching the ground, or changing its stance, you are too close. 
• Most, but not all, encounters involve dogs. Be sure not to pass a deer when they may feel enclosed upon as they will likely feel threatened. 
• Always walk your dog on a leash and be ready to let go of the leash if a deer 
For more tips and a copy of an Aggressive Deer Warning sign, visit

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