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In Doe vs. Fido, Doe Wins

By Tim H. Martin

A whitetail doe, or any female member of the deer family, can be one vicious mother, if need be. In fact, a protective mama is actually more likely to send a pet to the vet than a buck.

If you don't believe it, just ask Donna Miller. She's the Online Traffic Coordinator for Buckmasters and witnessed firsthand just how violent a mother doe can be while protecting its young.

The incident occurred on August 17, the morning of the first day of Buckmasters Expo 2012.

Donna said, "I went outside to walk our Dachshund, Lucy, when I saw a mother deer and her fawn on the opposite side of the lake behind our house. Lucy spotted the deer about the same time I did and took off running toward them. The doe heard Lucy barking and ran to meet her, around the lake, obviously coming to defend the fawn.

"My boyfriend, Jimmy, heard me screaming and immediately ran after Lucy, trying to keep the doe from getting her because he knew how mean a mother doe can be. He was too late.

"When the doe didn't run away, Lucy realized she was no match for it and cowered down. The doe raised up and slashed Lucy, flailing her with its front hoofs and beating her into the ground.

"Jimmy was there within seconds, but in that short amount of time, the deer nearly killed Lucy.

"Jimmy shooed the doe away and scooped Lucy up in his arms. Then he put Lucy on a board because she couldn't move, and he thought her back was broken.

"We called the vet and he agreed to meet us at his clinic, which luckily was only five minutes away. Lucy had a deep, bleeding gashes across her neck and shoulders, which the vet hurried to suture and stitch.

"I had to go into work at the Expo and hated to leave Lucy like that. I didn't even know if she was going to make it! But somehow, she didn't have any broken bones, just severely bruised and she'd lost a lot of blood."

Donna's little dog was lucky Jimmy was there to come to its rescue. After only one overnight stay in the vet's office and plenty of pain pills, Lucy was able to come home to rest and recover.

And, you'll be glad to know Lucy has been back out to the pond recently, to sniff around, patrol and continue her job as a watchdog for Donna; a little stiffer, wiser and more skittish now.

Editor's Note: If you'd like to comment or share a similar experience, become a fan of Buckmasters' Facebook page and look for the photo of Lucy with her stitches. We'd love to hear from you!

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