The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds dog owners that it is illegal and dangerous to allow dogs to run loose and chase deer during non-hunting season.
It’s very difficult for deer to run in deep snow or on ice.
A deer chased by a dog can be injured, become exhausted, or die.
Dog owners are urged to keep their dogs leashed or in enclosures to ensure the safety of both dogs and deer.
Under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, it is illegal to let a dog run at large in an area inhabited by deer, moose, elk, or bear during the closed season.
Under this legislation, conservation officers may charge dog owners and are authorized to destroy dogs found chasing deer if they cannot be called off the pursuit.
The public can report incidents of dogs chasing deer to their local MNR office during regular business hours, or by calling toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time.