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Docile deer deemed a threat, destroyed by conservation officers

Image taken from a video showing a deer nudging up against a boy in the Kelowna area.


A mule deer that was likely hand-raised and trained to consider humans as part of its herd has been destroyed in B.C.'s north Okanagan.

The two-point buck, which some had dubbed John Deer, was euthanized earlier this week by conservation officers in Coldstream, B.C., just south of Vernon.

Provincial wildlife veterinarian Helen Schwantje says the docile deer had been seen frequently around the area.

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It was believed to be the same one that tangled its antlers in a child's backpack as it tried to play with youngsters in a school playground during the first week of classes.

Schwantje says the deer had to be destroyed because it was fearless around people and had the potential to cause serious harm, especially with breeding season approaching when deer can be aggressive and unpredictable.

John Deer gained notoriety a few months ago through a YouTube video when it was pictured rubbing up against a boy sitting on a North Okanagan beach.

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