by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.
More people perish in the U.S. from close encounters with deer each year than with bears and sharks and snakes combined (bees are the next most deadly creature). Many of these deaths are the result of collisions on roadways, but deer are also killing people with their hooves and antlers.
The most dangerous deer, according to biologists, are bucks which have become used to people and are no longer afraid of them.
Population growth, both in deer and humans, has a lot to do with a number of these attacks, but they are not a new development. Roger Caras, in his 1964 book "Dangerous to Man," reports that the excessively shy deer can also be formidable and attacks on people are not uncommon.
Continued at... Beware of Bambi
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Artwork: Trophy Buck Deer With Big Rack