Buck causing park ruckus

An aggressive male deer has been causing some issues at a Coldstream park.

An aggressive male deer has been causing some issues at a Coldstream park.

Conservation officers have received reports about the buck at Sovereign Beach on Kal Lake attacking people who have coolers.

“The reports are that people have been feeding this buck out of coolers and even petting it, and now it has gotten aggressive with anyone with a cooler,” said Marnie Cuthill, Vernon WildSafeBC community coordinator.

Nobody has been hurt by the buck, but it has reportedly been chasing people, including young children.

Officials believe the reason for the buck’s aggression is that is has become accustomed to being fed by humans, which is a no-no.

“Deer will pretty much adapt to eat anything, bread, sandwiches, junk food, they’ve even been known to be in garbage cans,” said Cuthill, whose role is to help educate the public about area wildlife.

“Do not approach deer or any wildlife. In this case, it appears the buck has gotten habituated because people have been feeding it and petting it, and it’s gotten way too comfortable around people.

“Do not approach and do not feed the buck. It may not end well for that deer.”

For more information, you can contact Cuthill at 250-306-2286, or e-mail her at vernon@wildsafebc.com.