Deer are in the ‘rut’ – be careful!
DURANGO, Colo. – Mule deer are entering their mating season – known as ‘the rut’ - and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone to be careful around deer and especially bucks which can act aggressively at this time of year.
Colorado residents are also asked to remove items from their yards in which deer can be entangled. Items include, but not limited to: hammocks, game nets, swings, lawn chairs, tomato cages, kids’ toys, bicycles, hanging lights, etc. Wandering bucks are prone to get tangled in backyard items.
Bucks have a one-track mind at this time of year – they want a mate. So they can become agitated if any other animal, object or person appears to be posing a challenge. Dogs are often targets and they can be badly injured by a buck’s antlers. Several attacks have been reported around the state this fall.
Deer can become aggressive toward humans, so stay well away from them. Do no try to get close for that selfie.
The ‘rut’ lasts until about mid-December; if you live in an area where you see lots of deer, take precautions.
For more information about Colorado’s wildlife, go to: cpw.state.co.us.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.