Conservation Officers with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry are looking into reports of an aggressive deer in the Second Street North area of Kenora.

Reportedly, the deer has approached and attacked two dogs in the last three days in the area. Residents in the Second Street North and Fourth Avenue areas are asked to keep a close eye on their pets when they’re outside.

The Ministry explains that they’ve received numerous reports of similar incidents in the Kenora area recently, as mothers have been protecting their fawn. White-tailed deer fawns are typically born from April through July, with the majority of fawns being born in June.

They say fawns are typically left alone while their mothers go off to feed, and the mother deer will stay away from the fawns to avoid leading predators to their young. But they do return at dawn and dusk to feed and move their fawn.

Fawns are typically left in an area with tall grass or bushes, but sometimes are left in more open areas, including backyards. They add humans can assume the fawn is alone and orphaned, but the best option is to leave the fawn alone.

However, if you find an injured deer, the deer is likely to be orphaned and residents are asked to contact their local ministry office for assistance.

If an aggressive animal poses an immediate threat to you or your pet, you’re asked to call 911. Non-urgent reports can be made to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or to your local Ministry office.