Hart attacks dog walker who runs for his life while learning the hard way why pets should be kept on a leash
- Footage shows the dog walker fleeing with his pet released in Bushy Park
- According to the rules, dogs must be kept on a leash during the birthing season from May to July July
- As of August 2020, 55 incidents of dogs hunting deer have been reported
A dog walker has learned the importance of keeping your pet on a leash, as seen in footage captured at Bushy Park.
The video, taken in one of London’s eight Royal Parks and shared on Twitter, shows a dog walker fleeing with his pet unleashed while a deer chases them.
Several people took to Twitter to criticize the dog walker for his behavior.
One of them wrote: ‘Off-leash dogs are a major problem for wildlife in London. We need real consequences for irresponsible dog owners.”
Another said: ‘Those hooves are razor sharp, let alone the weight of the beast. I have a lot of pictures of people feeding and petting deer and dogs being attacked. This video is a good illustration of what can happen.”
Pet owners are allowed to bring their dogs to Bushy Park, but they must During the deer birthing season, which runs from May to July, they are kept on a leash throughout the park.
The same rules apply in Richmond Park and will be lifted on August 2.
About 300 deer are expected to be born in the parks during the birthing season, and hidden in ferns and long grass by female deer to hide them from dogs.
Simon Richards, Richmond Park Park Manager, said: ‘During the deer birthing season, we strongly advise against walking dogs in Richmond or Bushy Parks, but if this is not possible, dogs must be on a lead in all areas of the area. . parks.
‘Female deer are afraid that dogs will harm their young. Concern for their newborn means they can act defensively towards dogs – they have been known to chase and attack even when the dog is at a distance and not acting provocatively.
“Dog walkers should remain vigilant, avoid areas of dense vegetation and stick to the edge of the park.”
Visitors are also urged to give space to female deer and not to seek out or retrieve young deer if they only see them in Bushy Park
As of August 2020, 55 incidents of dogs hunting deer have been reported, but many incidents are believed to be unreported.
At least five deer have died in the past year as a result of these chases and a number of dog owners have appeared in court and convicted for failing to control their pets.
Dog walkers have been advised to avoid areas of the park shaded in orange on maps and plan their routes in advance.
Visitors are also urged to give space to female deer and not to seek out or pick up young deer if they see them alone.
“Every year we get calls about ‘abandoned’ baby deer,” added Mr Richards. ‘But female deer make excellent mothers, and they do not shirk their responsibility.
Visitors are urged to avoid the orange areas on the map with dogs during the birthing season
“Instead, they hide their young as they forage for food to make the milk they need to feed their young.
‘During the day, the mother returns regularly to nurse her newborn, but she may refuse if she picks up a human scent, so please do not touch a newborn deer under any circumstances.
“Even though you may think you’re doing the right thing, you’re really only going to cause the newborn deer serious stress and, unfortunately, you can cause it to be abandoned by its mother.”